What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

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An ESL based lesson to help students discuss a different topic. Skills: making educated guesses, drawing conclusions and more.

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  • Watch the news story from 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS-fudpmf5M&feature=relmfu
  • Use this map to talk about their flight path, the bad weather and the timing of the crash. I think you could use this slide and read some of the comments from the black box.
  • http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/crashes/what-really-happened-aboard-air-france-447-6611877
  • You can stop here and due the recordings next week or go through it today.
  • What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

    1. 1. For more than two years,the disappearance of AirFrance Flight 447 overthe mid-Atlantic in theearly hours of June 1,2009, stayed one ofaviations greatmysteries.How could atechnologically state-of-the art airliner simplyvanish?Terrorists?Bad weather? Autopilot?Equipment failure?Human error?Quick Facts:- The plane started doing flights on the25thFebruary 2005- On 17 August 2006, the A330 was involvedin a ground collision with Airbus A321-211 F-GTAM, at Charles de Gaulle Airport,Paris.-Had just gotten serviced.- 3 highly trained pilots, one havingmore than 11,000 hours of flights.
    2. 2. What do the experts know? The plane flew to 2512 feet aboveits original altitude, and it stillwas ascending at a dangerouslyhigh rate, it is flying within a safealtitude. The stall alarm begins to sound. Still, the pilots continue to ignoreit, (maybe they believed it wasimpossible for them to stall theairplane). The computer lost its airspeeddata, it disconnected the autopilotand switched from normal law to"alternate law," a regime with farfewer restrictions on what a pilotcan do. "Once youre in alternate law, youcan stall the airplane," said oneexpert. Before this crash, not one of USAirways 17 Airbus 330s had everbeen in alternate law. Therefore,one of the pilots may haveassumed that the stall warning wasfalse. How can experts learn whathappen to train their pilots better?
    3. 3. The engine at the bottom of the ocean.By 17 June 2009, a total of 50 bodies hadbeen found in two distinct groups morethan 50 miles (80 km) apart, and morethan 400 pieces of debris from the planehad been recovered.But the most important thing to findin a plane crash is the black box.Do you know why?
    4. 4. On the 26thof April 2011, after a 12-hour dive by the Remora 6000, the flight datarecorder had been found.On 1 May the memory unit was found and lifted on boardthe Île de Sein by the ROV. The flight data recorder was found!What did the recordings teach experts?What really caused the crash?
    5. 5. On the 26thof April 2011, after a 12-hour dive by the Remora 6000, the flight datarecorder had been found.On 1 May the memory unit was found and lifted on boardthe Île de Sein by the ROV. The flight data recorder was found!What did the recordings teach experts?What really caused the crash?

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