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article imageCrucial new testimony says Flight AF447’s end came abruptly

By Michael Cosgrove     Jun 13, 2009 in World
The Brazilian Air Force has displayed dozens of plane parts recovered from the crash. Analysis of photos taken of them declares that there is much evidence to suggest that passengers and crew were not prepared for an emergency.
The debris, displayed in an Air Force hangar near Recife, also seems to indicate that the plane did not explode in flight, according to information posted by the French daily Le Figaro.
Ari Germano, a Brazilian aviation specialist who has published a book about air disasters, says that he was “extremely struck” by several of the photos released Friday by Brazilian military authorities.
These images seem to suggest that the tragedy happened so quickly that no-one on the plane had time to react to events.
Germano studied photos of a section of a partition wall separating the meal preparation area of the plane from the passenger compartment, to which a floor section containing crew seating was still attached.
He said that “The seating is still attached, but what is curious here is that all the seats are in the (normal in-flight) folded position, not like those of passengers, because crew seating is thinner and has a more basic design. Seat-belt straps can be seen hanging from them.”
This is being taken to mean that the cabin crew were busy working elsewhere in the plane when the accident happened and that they were not able to get back to their seats and strap in in time to protect themselves, because cabin crew as well as passengers immediately sit down and fasten their safety belts in the event of alarm signals or other declared risks if they can.
This information, if verified, would help to explain why so many relatively intact bodies have been found, few of them attached to seats.
In other analysis, Captain Ronaldo Jenkins, a security consultant with the French National Union of Air Carriers (SNEA) indicated that a safety vest and plane interior paneling showed no trace of fire or smoke, suggesting that the plane did not explode in flight. Other debris photos he had seen, including that of a restroom door in the water, did not show evidence of an explosion.
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