Paris: “There is no Doubt” that Debris Belongs to AF447; However, it is Difficult to Find Recor

first_imgBy Dialogo June 03, 2009 PARIS, 03 June 2009 (AFP) -The French Chief of Staff said on Wednesday that “there are no longer any doubts” that the debris found in the Atlantic is from the Air France plane that was flying with 228 people aboard, and while the searches have intensified, the French Authority in charge of the investigation was not very optimistic about the possibility of finding the black boxes. Chief of Staff spokesman Captain Christophe Prazuck affirmed that “even though we lack formal confirmation that some of the debris has been recovered and the fact that a technical analysis has not been performed yet, there still is no doubt” that the debris found is from the Air France Airbus 330 that was flying between Río and Paris. Early this Wednesday morning, Brazil, France, and the United States intensified their search operations. Three Hercules planes from the Brazilian Air Force, a French Falcon 50, and a U.S. Lockheed P-3 Orion took off from the base at Natal (in Rio Grande do Norte, in the Northeast). Paris has an AWACS radar plane scheduled for takeoff in order to perform a “mapping” of the debris from the A330, as well as new flights for the Atlantique 2, a maritime patrol plane, which, over the past few hours, has been flying over the area where the debris from the Air France plane was found. But this rescue operation, which recently started, does not ensure that investigators will be able to locate the black boxes, key pieces to speed up the investigation and which contain information about the trajectory, altitude, and velocity, as well as the conversations that took place in the plane’s cockpit. The task appears to be very complicated, as the area where the debris from the plane was found is up to 4,700 meters deep. The French BEA director, Paul Louis Arslanian, stated that “you can’t exclude the fact that they were never able to locate the flight recorders,” as he restated that the flight recorders, or black boxes, were undoubtedly located in a “deep and mountainous” location on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In theory, the black boxes emit a signal for a month which allows them to be found in a location that is up to 6,000 meters deep. On Tuesday, Brazilian authorities indicated that the BAF planes had detected “a 5km strip of aircraft debris” at around 1,000 km off the coast of Brazil and that there was “no doubt” that this was debris from the Air France plane. Brazilian authorities are conducting search and salvage operations which would transport the bodies and fragments that were found to the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, the point of land closest to the location where the plane had gone down, at least 500 km from the continent. The Brazilian Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, stated that “a Navy patrol boat will arrive tomorrow” in order to “start the task of recovering the debris that has been sighted,” while another two Naval vessels are scheduled to arrive on Thursday and Friday. Commander Prazuck explained in Paris that Wednesday will be “a day of transition,” before explaining that “the operation will change over from an aerial operation that covers a very broad area to a naval operation which will cover a much narrower area.” The French Minister of Transportation announced the departure of the Deep-sea exploration submarine “Pourquoi pas” to take part in the operations. The plane had lost contact with land at 02H14 GMT on Monday after reporting electrical and pressurization failures, and French authorities have recognized that the possibility of recovering any survivors from the airplane, in an area with strong climatic instability, is very “slim.” There were 228 people onboard the AF 477 Río-Paris flight of 32 different nationalities, including 72 Frenchmen, 59 Brazilians, 26 Germans, 2 Spaniards, and 1 Argentinean. The investigation of the accident will be conducted by the Paris Prosecutor’s Office, which has legal jurisdiction since the majority of the victims reside in that city. France has already sent two investigators to Brazil. In light of the commotion caused by the tragic disappearance of the plane, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva declared three days of national mourning starting on Tuesday. On Wednesday at 4:00 PM local time (14H00 GMT) in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend an ecumenical ceremony at the cathedral of Notre Dame with the family members and relatives of the victims. Access will be restricted for the media. Family members and relatives of the passengers and crew members of the AF447 will continue receiving medical and psychological support at the Windsor Hotel at Barra da Tijuca, west of Río de Janeiro, where journalists’ access was prohibited. Isabelle Birem, the director of the airline in Brazil, stated that a team of 17 volunteers from Air France arrived to assist the families.last_img read more

Audio: Randy Abbey accuses CAF boss of rigging

first_imgA member of Ghana’s 2017 AFCON bid Committe, Randy Abbey has made a shocking allegation against CAF President Issa Hayatou in the award of the 2017 Nations Cup hosting Rights.last_img

Latest cost of living report shows Mason City still a good value

first_imgMASON CITY — The latest Cost of Living Index Report from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows that living costs in Mason City continue to be a good value. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services. A score of 100 represents the national average of 268 metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Mason City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robin Anderson says Mason City’s score of 89 indicates a lower-than-average cost.  “It just solidifies the fact that North Iowa is a very economical place to live. When you consider our quality of life, having a low cost of living really contributes to that.”Anderson says she was pleased with two components of this latest report.  “We were extremely competitive in groceries, and hopefully our citizens are noticing that when they bring their shopping carts to the checkout lane. We’re also very competitive in the healthcare sector, and when you consider the quality of healthcare that we have here with a top 100 hospital, it’s pretty remarkable that that is such a bright spot as well.”Anderson says the transportation component is something she’ll be watching in the next few reports.  “We’re a little concerned, normally we are competitive in transportation,  and it looked like that was unusually high, so we’ll be watching that to see if that is a trend or if it was just a blip.”The least expensive place to live in the most recent survey was Little Rock Arkansas with a score of 80.4, while Manhattan in New York City is the most expensive with a score of 254.7.last_img read more

Benteke ‘doesn’t fit’ at Liverpool and he is GONE in the summer, talkSPORT told

first_imgLiverpool striker Christian Benteke does not fit with Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football and must leave the club in the summer, according to Micky Quinn.Benteke has cut a frustrated figure at Anfield since his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa last summer.The 25-year-old has struggled for regular playing time and goals in his debut Reds season, starting just 12 Premier League games and scoring seven times in all competitions.Fans believe Benteke’s time at the club is up after Klopp left the Belgium international on the bench as Liverpool lost the League Cup final to Manchester City on Sunday.And Quinn agrees, claiming Benteke is one of many expensive mistakes who should leave Anfield in an end-of-season clear out.Speaking as co-host on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Merseyside-born former striker said: “Benteke’s gone. I don’t like to say it, but I’m afraid he’s gone.“He just doesn’t fit in with Klopp’s mentality of that versatile front three, where they’re closing people down, running into the channels and getting back to defend as well – a mobile front three. He just doesn’t fit into Klopp’s brand of football.“I really think he’ll be gone in the summer, unless he wants to work with him over pre-season to get him onto that mentality. But I don’t think so, I think he’ll be gone.“On numerous occasions, when Benteke and Origi have been on the bench, Klopp has turned to Origi. You get that with managers. Some, when they come into clubs, fancy some players and don’t fancy others.”Following Sunday’s final defeat, the Europa League is Klopp’s last chance of ending his first term in charge with silverware.Few expected instant results following the German’s appointment, but Quinn beleives next season could be a successful one if the manager can overhaul the team over the summer.He added: “I think they’ll be a few gone at Liverpool, I think there could be a clear out.“I think Mignolet will go. They need to buy a new keeper, they need a new left-back and I think Lucas will go, too. Lucas has been a great pro there, but is he going to win you the league? That’s what you’ve got to think if you’re Jurgen Klopp.“Some of the midfield players, too. Lallana hasn’t done it this season and he cost a fortune, Joe Allen and James Milner could even go.“I think you’ve got to look forward and you’ve got to look big.“[Malaga defensive midfielder Ignacio] Camacho, [PSG playmaker] Lucas Moura, [Borussia Monchengladbach star] Granit Xhaka, these are all players on the hit list and if he gets them it’ll be an exciting season for Liverpool next year.”last_img read more