July 2nd, 2009
04:32 PM ET

Documents: Air France investigation report

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/07/02/air.france.report/art.tailfin.afp.gi.jpg" caption="The tail fin of the Airbus A330 that crashed in the Atlantic is unloaded in Brazil earlier this month."]

Today, French investigators announced the Air France flight that crashed off the coast of Brazil last month did not break up in the air, but hit the water intact.

The details of the investigation are located in the French Office of Investigations and Analyses' Report, which you can read here.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    I suspect the real cause will never be known for many and obvious reasons. However as pure simpleton something seious caused the plane to nose dive off the coast of Brazil killing all on board..
    Even when black boxes etc are retrieved and much mor wreckage is recoverd conclusions are often inconclusive but certain ideas can be attributed which lead to improvements of all kinds construction, flight manuals, computer systems etc., this one seems as though it will yield little in any of those areas regrettably.

    July 3, 2009 at 5:07 am |
  2. Galena

    I hope that we, as a collective, view this occurance as a true miracle. The fact that this young girl survived, without the real capability of knowing how to swim is "simply" miraculous.

    So much happening in our world right now, so many bright lights being taken from us. I think we need to look at the "bigger" picture.

    Personally, I sent a flag pin with "the" Madonna's Miraculous Medal to Maria Shriver, our State's First Lady, to have it reach the Oval Office. Everybody made such a deal of Obama's patriotism for not wearing a medal. I don't wear a wedding ring, but I know who my husband is. Wearing the pin does not make you patriotic, believing in the Miracles of the Blessed Mother and continued prayer to Her will bring Peace, and wouldn't that be a miracle.

    Miracles happen everyday – we don't recognize them for what they are. We are still detached from what life is really all about. Sometimes God just needs to put in in your face for you to see it, hence, this miracle of a young girl saved.

    What does that CNN commercial say? Open up your Bible if that's what it takes. I hope that with Maria's faith in Our Lady, that this pin made it to the Oval Office, even if it is in a paperclip drawer (assuming our President has a paperclip drawer).

    God Bless this young girl. It doesn't get much better than this.

    July 3, 2009 at 2:03 am |
  3. Renato Noveletto

    I don't agree with Air France because if the aircraft sand information they had a despresuritation at the cabin that means they all are ancongious and the aircfatt loose control and lost control turned upside down and it is falling apart in the air and the fact finding body with the clothes (the AF were not told the whole body) is due to the fact that most likely were going through turbalencia have received the press release to tighten belts.

    Renato Noveletto
    from Rio do Sul,SC

    July 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    The main thing I got from the report was that the plane did not break up in the air as speculated before but that it went down into the water at a high speed almost vertically. I feel for the passengers and crew on that flight – the last few seconds of their lives must have been terrifying. Hopefully the black boxes will be recovered and the question of why can be answered from them. Knowing why it crashed might bring some comfort to the family members the passenger left behind.

    July 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm |