A timeline of the events surrounding the disappearance of Air France flight 447
Created by aterry on Jun 2, 2009
Last updated: 03/12/10 at 03:43 AM
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By this time, a total of 16 bodies, and not 17 as previously announced, have been recovered from the Atlantic site where an Air France jet came down on June 1, Brazilian military officials say.
French submarines head to the remote zone in search of the black boxes. (AFP/Getty Images)
Brazilian search crews retrieve the first bodies from the Air France flight in the Atlantic. Investigators say faulty speed readings had been detected on the same type of jets.
Airbus warns airline crews to follow standard procedures if they suspect speed indicators are faulty. The warning suggests that technical malfunction may have played a role in the Air France crash.
The pilots of the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic may not have been flying at the right speed to combat foul weather, French daily Le Monde reports.
Families, friends and Air France colleagues of the 228 victims of Monday's crash of flight 447 gather at a special service at Notre-Dame Cathedral. French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, attended the ceremony. (Bob Edme/Reuters)
The French authority charged with investigating the Air France disaster tried to lower expectations Wednesday that searchers will be able to recover the "black box" that might explain why the aircraft plunged into the ocean.
A Brazilian official confirms that the debris discovered on Tuesday in the Atlantic is that of the Air France jet that disappeared Monday. (Fernando Soutello/Reuters)
The Brazilian Air Force says it has found debris from an airplane in the Atlantic, but will not confirm it is Air France flight 447. (Reuters)
Air France announces a memorial for the passengers of flight 447 to be held at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. (Fernando Soutello)
Global National confirms that the Canadian on board the missing Air France passenger jet is Brad Clemes (left) originally from Guelph, Ontario.
Air France releases a list of the nationalities on board. One Canadian passenger is listed.
By this time, the airplane is expected to have run out of fuel. Air France expresses "its deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of the passengers and crew who were on board AF flight 447 on 31 May 2009, which disappeared somewhere between Rio de Janeiro and Paris-Charles de Gaulle."
Airbus makes the following announcement: "Airbus regrets to confirm that an Airbus A330-200 operated by Air France has been lost about 3.5 hours after departure."
Air France makes the following announcement: "Air France regrets to announce that it has lost contact with flight AF 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, expected to arrive this morning at 11:15 local time."
Air France flight 447 is scheduled to arrive in Paris.
Air France sets up a crisis centre at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)
Brazilian Air Force starts a search and rescue mission. (Getty Images)
French military radar begins searching for plane.
Air France receives an automatic message indicating an electrical circuit malfunction.
Air France flight 447 enters an area of stormy weather with strong turbulence.
Brazilian Air Force has last radar contact with Air France flight 447. Flight appears to be normal.
Air France flight 447 makes its last contact with air traffic control in Brazil. The plane appears to be operating normally.
Air France flight 447 leaves Rio de Janeiro on Sunday at 6:03 PM ET, carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight is bound for Paris, on a route scheduled to take 11 hours 15 minutes. (Garret/Flickr)