The investigators of the Air France 447 flight that disappeared off radar and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 228 people abroad have requested "a lot of patience". In the press conference held in Paris this morning, it was announced that 400 pieces of wreckage have been recovered so far from the total search area.
The press briefing was headed by Paul-Louis Arslanian, director of the Investigation and Analysis Bureau (BEA), the French organisation leading the technical enquiry into the Air France flight 447 crash.
The investigators warned that it is "almost certain" that all parts of the flight 447 may not be recovered. The flight crashed on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro into the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles to the North East coast of Brazil.
"The goal is to understand what happened," said Arslanian
"Considering all the work that has been done and all we have at our disposal, I think we may be getting a bit closer to our goal," he said.
Arslanian strongly criticised the media for creating "speculations" including, which includes the theory that a defective speed sensor could have led to the disaster.
"For now, we cannot say, and no one can say what happened. It is much too soon to go imagining scenarios in one direction or another," he insisted.
Speculations that the speed sensors contributed to the crash gathered momentum after the BEA announced the speed probes gave inconsistent readings to the cockpit. This led many aviation analysts to conclude that the pilots may have set the air craft speed wrongly making the flight go either too slow or too fast. This could have broken the flight in mid air as it navigated through very turbulent weather.
But, the BEA, Airbus and Air France has strongly denied that faulty speed sensors were responsible for the crash and there exists no link between the speed probes and the crash. Airbus said that a faulty speed probe will not make the flight dangerous.