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On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean four hours from take off. Very few bodies were recovered and there were reports that the airplane crashed intact.

-------- A few weeks later, another aircraft, a Yemenian Airline continuation flight from Paris crashed into the Indian Ocean. There was a lone survivor, a 15 year old girl.

-------- July 15, another airline crashed. Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashed into a field in Iran a few minutes after take-off. The crash killed all 168 people (153 passengers and 15 crew members) aboard. It is called Iran's worst air disaster in years. The aircraft is a Russian Tupolev jet's impact plowed a long trench in an agricultural field outside the village of Jannat Abad and it broke into pieces.

Witnesses said that the airplane's tail was on fire when it was circled in the air looking for a place to land. Then, the aircraft was seen nose-dived into the field. There were no Americans on board. Two Canadians, a mother and her child were on board.
Caspian Air Flight Crashed in Iran

--------- Here is a summary of Iran's airplane crash.

Nov. 27, 2006. A Russian-made Antonov-74 aircraft crashed near Tehran, killing 38, mostly members of the elite Revolutionary Army. September 1, 2006. Another Russian aircraft, TU 154, operated by Iran Airtour, burst into flames after landing in Tehran, killing 29 of 148 people on board. December 6, 2005. A U.S.-made C-130 crashed into a 10-story building near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. 115 people were killed.

Iran's Airplane Crashes

Here is a summary of Iran's airplane crash.

Nov. 27, 2006. A Russian-made Antonov-74 aircraft crashed near Tehran, killing 38, mostly members of the elite Revolutionary Army. ----- September 1, 2006. Another Russian aircraft, TU 154, operated by Iran Airtour, burst into flames after landing in Tehran, killing 29 of 148 people on board. ====== December 6, 2005. A U.S.-made C-130 crashed into a 10-story building near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. 115 people were killed. ------- February 20, 2003. A military plane crashed into Tehran's southwest region. 302 people died. Iran has put the blame on the United States for its poor aviation safety record due to the sanctions placed by the United States. Airplane crash: An unfortunate happening. Whether we like it or not. As long as there are airlines and there are airplanes on the air, there will be airplane crashes.

The industrial revolution has brought about technology all around us, including, among other developments, airplane and aviation technology. This technology comes with a price: lost of lives due to an aircraft or commercial airplanes crashing.

Here is a summary of Iran's airplane crash.

  • Nov. 27, 2006. A Russian-made Antonov-74 aircraft crashed near Tehran, killing 38, mostly members of the elite Revolutionary Army.

  • September 1, 2006. Another Russian aircraft, TU 154, operated by Iran Airtour, burst into flames after landing in Tehran, killing 29 of 148 people on board.

  • December 6, 2005. A U.S.-made C-130 crashed into a 10-story building near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. 115 people were killed.

  • February 20, 2003. A military plane crashed into Tehran's southwest region. 302 people died.

    Iran has put the blame on the United States for its poor aviation safety record due to the sanctions placed by the United States.

    To see the original news report Read here...

    It is a sad reality. Some airplane crashes were due to mechanical problems, some were due to terrorist acts, and some were due to human (pilot) error. Some are attributed to bad weather.

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    May 6, 2011
    A body was lifted today from the ocean where Air France flight 447 wreckage was found. This follows the finding of the black box which was lifted only a couple of days earlier. According to news reports, the body is still strapped on the seat belt. DNA testing will be conducted to determine the identity of the victim/ Body of Air France Flight 447 Crash Lifted from the Wreckage

    May 3, 2011
    The second black box of Air France Flight 447 that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean was recovered today. Air France flight 447 Second Black Box Recorder Recovered from Wreckage

    April 3, 2011
    Phase 4 of the recovery of Air France Flight 447 that crashed after it left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, found several debris and a huge part of the downed aircraft, not far from where the previous parts have been found and recovered. The aircraft was found in a silty sea bed, with debris and some bodies caught between the debris. The debris found was described as "quite intact", and may have exploded but the plane was not divided in few pieces. The bodies will be brought to the surface for identification, but as of this time, there was no report on how many bodies have been recovered.

    For more articles on Air France Crash Phase 4 Recovery, visit the following news websites:

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    7/15/09
    Caspian Air Flight 7908 crashed in an agricultural field near the city of Qazvin, Iran. 168 people on board were killed.
    6/28/09
    Brazil Ended Search for More Bodies from Air France Flight 447 Crash.
    6/20/09
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    6/17/09
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    6/14/09
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    6/12/09

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    6/11/09

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    6/10/09

    Two Air France passengers probed for terror link Read more....

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    6/9/09

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    6/8/09

    A total of 24 bodies and part of the tail was found today at the AF Flt 447 crash site. (From Montreal Gazette 6/8/09).

    Update 6/8/09

    Seventeen (17) total bodies now recovered from Atlantic Ocean


    Update 6/7/09

    Brazil recovers 3 more bodies near jet crash site (Yahoo News)

    In addition to the two bodies recovered yesterday, Brazil recovered 23 more bodies, for a total of five (5). No other information on the sex of the last three.


    The Air France crash hits home. Another Filipino died in an airplane crash. When Air France 447 crashed on June 1, 2009, a Filipino seaman, Arden Jugueta, was one of the passengers who perished during that crash. Yesterday, the Saudi Arabian Embassy confirmed that one of the flight attendants working the Yeman Airline that crashed was a Filipina. Camille Lou Castillo Libron, 26, single. Read more.....
    Air France Flight 447 disappeared from the radar and never heard from starting June 1, 2009 when an automatic message was sent to the Air France operations center. There were 228 people on board from different nationalities.

    Air France Flight 447 left Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was heading to Paris when, after four (4) hours of flight, it was never heard from at all. On June 2, 2009, debris were found near the area where the aircraft was supposed to be at - near Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Officials confirmed that the airplane seat, a fuel slick, and pieces of white debris scattered over miles of Atlantic Ocean were from Air France 447 that disappeared a day earlier.

    The flight was believed to be have met a severe turbulence and possibly loss of cabin pressure, based on automatic signal emitted from the aircraft before it disappeared from radar.

    The airplane was flying at 500 miles per hour, and the storm was coming at them for 100 miles per hour. Meteorologist speculate that started the process which ended up in tragedy.

    Search of the remains of AF aircraft took more than two years. The black box was finally found, but some of the passengers" bodies were never recovered.

    Passengers Who Perished on Air France Flight 447 Crash:

    List of Passengers Air France Flight 447

    -Luiz Roberto Anastacio, 50; Brazilian; president for South America, Michelin

    -Mateus Antunes, Brazilian

    -Octavio Antunes, Brazilian

    -Patricia Antunes, Brazilian

    -Stephane Artiguenave, 35; French; salesman at electrical distributor CGED

    -Sandrine Artiguenave, 34; French

    -Silvio Barbato, Brazilian, former conductor for the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Orchestra

    -Valnizia Betzler, Brazilian

    -Pierre-Cedric Bonin, 32; French; co-pilot of AF447

    -Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, 26; Brazilian; descendent of Brazil's last emperor

    -Isabelle Bonin, 36; French; wife of AF447 co-pilot Pierre-Cedric Bonin

    -Aisling Butler, 26; Irish, of Roscrea, Ireland; doctor

    -Vanderleia Carraro, Brazilian

    -Julia Chaves de Mirandas Chmi, Brazilian

    -Leticia Chem, Brazilian

    -Roberto Chem, Brazilian

    -Vera Chem, Brazilian

    -Chen Chiping, 53, Chinese; wife of Liaoning province's vice mayor, vice manager of a trade company under Benxi Iron & Steel

    -Chen Qingwei, 35, Chinese; resident of central Chinese city of Wuhan, had applied to become Brazilian investment immigrant

    -Brad Clemes, 49; Canadian from Guelph, Ontario; Coca-Cola executive

    -Arthur Coakley, 61; British; structural engineer for PDMS

    -Bianca Cotta, Brazilian

    -Ana Luis Curty, Brazilian

    -Leonardo Dardengo, Brazilian

    -Juliana de Aquina, Brazilian

    -Jose Roberto Gomes da Silva, Brazilian

    -Carlos Eduardo de Mello, Brazilian

    -Jane Deasy, 27; Irish; doctor

    -Marc Dubois, 58; French; flight captain of AF447

    -Simone Elias, Brazilian

    -Marcia Mosconde Faria, Brazilian

    -Sonia Ferreira, Brazilian

    -Adriana Henriques, Brazilian

    -Walter Carrilho Junior, Brazilian

    -Izabela Kestler, Brazilian

    -Jozsef Gallasz, 44; Hungarian; partner of Hungarian victim Rita Szarvas.

    -Gao Jiachun, 27, Chinese; an employee with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in south China city of Shenzhen

    -Gao Xing, 39, Chinese; manager of trade company under Benxi Iron & Steel

    -Antonio Gueiros; Brazilian; information systems director, Michelin

    -Michael Harris, 60; American, from Lafayette, Louisiana; geologist

    -Anne Harris; American, from Lafayette, Louisiana, physical therapist

    -Erich Heine, 41; South African-born; member of executive board of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG

    -Claus-Peter Hellhammer, 28; employee of ThyssenKrupp Steel AG based in Germany

    -Veronica Ivanovitch, 57; Swiss-Brazilian; the wife of telecoms millionaire Hans Ivanovitch

    -Moritz Kock, 54; German, from Potsdam; architect

    -Giovanni Battista Lenzi, Trentino area, Italy

    -Leonardo Pereira Leite, Brazilian

    -Li Mingwen, 44, Chinese; deputy general manager of Benxi Iron & Steel based in China's northeastern Liaoning Province

    -Jean Claude Lozouet, Brazilian

    -Zoran Markovic, 45; Croatian, from Kostelji, Croatia; sailor

    -Jose Gregorio Marques, Brazilian

    -Maria Teresa Marques, Brazilian

    -Nelson Marinho, Brazilian

    -Carlos Mateus, Brazilian

    -Gustavo Mattos, Brazilian

    -Marco Antonio Camargos Mendonca, 44, Brazilian, worked for Vale SA mining company

    -Luis Claudio Monlevad, Brazilian

    -Tadeu Moraes, Brazilian

    -Eduardo Moreno, Brazilian

    -Marcelo Oliveira, Brazilian

    -Christine Pieraerts; French; engineer at Michelin

    -David Robert, 37; French; co-pilot of AF447

    -Bruno Pelajo, Brazilian

    -Marcela Pellizzon, Brazilian

    -Ferdinand Porcard, Brazilian

    -Sonia Maria Cordeiro Porcaro, Brazilian

    -Deise Possamai, Brazilian

    -Luciana Seba, Brazilian

    -Shen Zuobing, about 40, Chinese; former material section chief, Benxi Iron & Steel

    -Ana Carolina Silva, Brazilian

    -Angela Cristina de Oliveira Silva, Brazilian

    -Joao Marques Silva, Brazilian

    -Jose Souza, Brazilian

    -Adriana Sluijs, Brazilian

    -Sun Lianyou, 49, Chinese; director of smelting plant, Benxi Iron & Steel

    -Rita Szarvas; Hungarian; therapist at a Budapest center for children with motor disabilities. Her 7-year-old son was also aboard, but his name was not released.

    -Maria Vale, Brazilian

    -Francisco Vale, Brazilian

    -Paulo Vale, Brazilian

    -Eithne Walls, 29; Irish; doctor

    -Solu Wellington Vieira de Sa, Brazilian

    -Xiao Xiang, 35, Chinese; associate research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing

    -Rino Zandonai; Trentino area, Italy.

    -Christiane Zeuthen; Danish

    -Zhang Qingbo, 54,

    Passengers who Missed the Air France Flight 447:
    For some passengers who missed the AF Flight 447, because of traffic or problem with their reservations, it was a sad relief, knowing that they missed death but 228 people did not. They are -

    Andrej Aplinc - Slovenia sailor, father of 2. His cab driver was in a hurry to watch a soccer match so he got to the airport early to catch Flt 447. However, he found that there was not enough legroom on that flight for his bum knee and there were seats on the earlier AF flight. He took that flight and his life was spared.

    Gustavo Ciriaco, Brazilian, dances, choreographer, was late to take AF 4pm flight and the airline agents could not find his seat and the gate was about to close. He pleaded to be on the flight and the airline discovered the seating error and they allowed him to take the 4pm flight. Otherwise, he said, he would have been on the AF447 flight.

    Amina Benouargha-Jaffiol, lives in France, tried to get on the flight Sunday night by asking her diplomat friend to convince the airline. The airline did not relent, and so her's and her husband's (Claude) lives were spared.

    The above stories or missing a doomed flight for one reason or another, should be considered in a positive light and not be considered traumatic. The above "survisors" were sadly humbled when they compare their fate to the fate of the passengers of Air France 447 that they missed.

    Asiana Airlines Crash in SFO

    On July 7, 2013, an Asiana Airlines (OZ) flight (Flight 214) from Seoul, Korea crashed while landing at San Francisco (SFO) International Airport. Two passengers were killed on the spot, and one more died in the hospital. More than 160 passengers were injured, and majority of them escaped. News reports and pictures from the scene showed passengers scampering to safety away from the aircraft before it was engulfed in flames. Some of the injured were flight attendants who were sitting at the back of the airplane. They were thrown out during the crash landing.

    One of the passengers who was killed, a Chinese teenager, was killed after she was run over by an emergency truck that arrived to rescue passengers. The rescuers immediately reported that they believe that they run over a fleeing passenger.

    Out of 307 passengers on board, which included 16 crew members, 123 were treated at San Francisco hospitals and surrounding cities.

    The aircraft was a 777 (Triple 7 in aircraft lingo. It was reported that the aircraft landed with tail first while hitting the start of the runway's edge, sheering off the Triple 7's tail section.

    It was determined during the investigation that the cause of the crash was pilot error.

    For more information, go to Asiana Flight 214

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