Monday, June 08, 2009

Air France Flight 447 - Vertical Stabilizer.

I'm looking at the Reuters photo in this article at the Daily Mail and thinking it looks like a very cleanly sheared off vertical stabilizer, the part I wondered about in the post below this one. If this came off, it's possible it could have caused a breach in the pressurized section of the fuselage, which is one of the error messages sent by the plane's on-board diagnostics. A commenter at the Wall Street Journal also mentioned that the first error message received was a notification that the rudder had reached a travel limit, i.e., it was against the stops. That is what caused the failure of the vertical stabilizer on AA587.
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