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Air France Jet Found - Mystery Continues

by John M. White |

Interesting - since my blog post late last night there is a lot of speculation about the cause of this aircraft.  The Brazilian Air Force has confirmed that the wreckage, located some 745 miles off the coast, is indeed the debris field from the Air France flight that disappeared enroute to Paris. I have not heard from my son yet, but it is interesting to listen to the commentary on television.  One station had an airline pilot on who flies that same route, and he was describing the fact that in that are of the world there are some terrible storms.  When asked about a lightning strike he commented that he had experienced lightning strikes before, including one that had a fireball roll down the center aisle of the aircraft and exit the tail. For those regular readers of this blog you will recall I had a similar experience with lightning flying a DC-3 in Canada a number of years ago. But he also added that even if there were a total loss of electrical power for the computers and flight controls a small wind turbine would drop from the fuselage and provide enough electricity to safely operate the aircraft. If the aircraft did encounter server thunderstorms then an in-flight breakup could be possible.  The pilot on the tv station stated something I had not heard before, that sometimes the rain could be so heavy it would not even register on the radar for the aircraft.  In other words, it did not register the usual bright red but rather did not register at all!  I never experienced this phenomenon, and am going to check it out with some other sources I have. A tragic loss of life and aircraft have occurred, and we need to be patient to find out more about what might have happened. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." ps: I will soon begin including photographs soon.

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