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Been 20 years....still blows my mind. Appreciate your expertise, and nice to know you're still working.

Thanks Bong-ster.

Isn`t Detroit a hub for Northwest Airlines which is based in Minneapolis-St.Paul?

My old firm did some contract maintenence for NWA and the reps they sent were pissed.

First Texas took their hockey team and then their jobs.

Too bad they didn`t bring their women. :rolleyes:

Oh well, at least they still have the Vi-queens and Twits.

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Anyone heard about this? I was like: What? The real "Final Destination"?

A woman who arrived the airport late and missed the Air France flight A 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on May 31, was killed in a fatal car crash on her way home with her husband days after the disastrous air accident, Italian media reported.

According to an Italian newspaper, Johanna Ganthaler, a German citizen of Italian descendent, showed up late at the airport and missed the Air France flight A 447. All passengers onboard that plane were killed after the plane crashed into Atlantic off Brazil’s coast four hours after takeoff in a severe storm.

On their way back to Europe after vacation via Munich, Germany, the couple decided to rent a car and drive back home in Italy's Bolzano-Bozen province. On June 9, Jahanna Ganthaler was killed and her husband seriously injured when the couple's car lost control and veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and crashed with an oncoming truck.

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Bodies suggest Air France 447 plane broke up in air


14 June 2009

The Air France Flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1 with 228 passengers and crew may have broken up at high altitudes, but authorities have not reached any conclustion.

The 49 bodies recovered so far from the crash show no water in their lungs, which suggests the people died before hitting the water after the plane broke apart, the report states.


Air France bodies had broken bones, official says

June 19, 2009


A major Brazilian newspaper reported this week that 95 percent of the bodies so far had shown fractures in the legs, arms and hips similar to injuries found in people who fall from great heights. The newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo cited unnamed officials who are part of the investigation.

Another clue is the low incidence of cranial trauma, the newspaper reported. If the aircraft had nose-dived into the ocean, victims would have more head injuries, the paper said.


A large number of bodies also had red lesions in their mucous membranes, which the paper said is usually associated with asphyxia, or lack of oxygen.

Another major Brazilian newspaper, the Jornal do Brasil, cited information from an unnamed person from the Brazilian military who has access to the teams working in the recovery of the plane. This person told the paper that bodies were found "mutilated" with no clothing, a strong indication of violent depressurization caused by a structural rupture.


Air France 447 Crash Theory Now Focused On Tail Snapping Off


As soon as the photo appeared of Air France 447's vertical stabilizer floating in the Atlantic, concerns arose that the crash might have been caused by another Airbus plane tail snapping off in mid-air.

If so, this would be the latest in a long string of tail problems for Airbus. And the problems could be extremely expensive to fix.

The crash of an Airbus 300 just after takeoff at JFK in 2001 was the result of the stabilizer snapping off. The NTSB investigation eventually blamed the pilots for overreacting to wake turbulence and hitting the rudder pedals too hard. Pilots have long been skeptical of this conclusion, however, especially as other Airbus rudder problems have occurred over the years (planes suddenly rolling or pitching down as the computers controlling the rudder went haywire and triggered "uncommanded" movements.)

Airbus tails are designed differently than Boeing tails (composites versus metal, etc.), and Airbuses are "fly-by-wire" aircraft that don't have direct hydraulic connections between the cockpit controls and the flaps, rudder, and other flight controls. Some suspect that the AF 447 crash and other Airbus problems may be the result of a computer problem or other design flaw.

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