Air France Flight 447 was a scheduled commercial flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June 2009, killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew members
The aircraft, an Air France Airbus A330-200 registered as F-GZCP, took off on 31 May 2009 at 19:03 local time (22:03 UTC). The last contact from the crew was a routine message to Brazilian air traffic controllers at 01:33 UTC, as the aircraft approached the edge of Brazilian radar surveillance over the Atlantic Ocean, en route to Senegalese-controlled airspace off the coast of West Africa. Forty minuteslater, a four-minute-long series of automatic radio messages was received from the plane, stating numerous problems and warnings. The aircraft was believed to have been lost shortly after it sent the automated messages.
Debris from the ill-fated flight that claimed the lives of all 228 people aboard are found at the bottom of the Atlantic
At a press conference held on April 4, 2011, investigators from BEA, the French air accident investigation agency, present photographs of portions of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus 330 which disappeared en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, May 31, 2009, with 228 people aboard.
Thus far, search crews have been unable to locate the flight recorders that could yield clues as to what made the plane crash.
The search was carried out in a 3,900-square mile area of the ocean, several hundred miles off the coast of Brazil.
Bottom of the Sea
The pieces that were found lie approximately 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the ocean.