Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Who was on board the Air France flight 447 which crashed on 1 June 2009?

Soon after the crash, agents of the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the French secret service, were sent to Brazil. (terror groups)

Reportedly, two passengers on the doomed Air France jet had names linked to terror groups.

"Bizarrely the full official list of dead passengers has not been released by Air France, despite it being more than a week since the plane crashed.

"Such lists are normally released within 72 hours."

We later learn that the two terror suspects in the Air France jet crash have been cleared of charges

But, who was on the passenger list?

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Rio de Janeiro, in December 2008. Sarkozy was there to sign an arms deal. (Ricardo Moraes/Associated Press)

Pablo Dreyfus, a 39-year-old Argentinian, was on board the Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

(Sunday Herald Key figures in global battle against illegal arms trade lost in Air France crash)

Dreyfus had worked with the Brazilian authorities to stop the flow of arms and ammunition to the drug barons in Rio.

Also on flight 447 was Dreyfus's friend Ronald Dreyer.

Dreyer, a Swiss diplomat, was co-ordinator of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence.

He had worked with UN missions in El Salvador, Mozambique, Azerbaijan, Kosovo and Angola.

Both Dreyfus and Dreyer were consultants at the Small Arms Survey, a think tank based at Geneva's Graduate Institute of International Studies.

Dryer had helped gather the support of more than 100 countries to the cause of disarmament.

Dreyfus knew that the Brazilian arms firm CBC (Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos) had become one of the world's biggest ammunition producers.

CBC had bought Germany's Metallwerk Elisenhutte Nassau (MEN) in 2007, and Sellier & Bellot (S&B) of the Czech Republic in March.

Dreyfus and Dreyer were on their way to Geneva to present the latest edition of the Small Arms Survey handbook.



subrosa said...

I was listening to TalkSport in the middle of the night the other night. One of the topics was this crash and the fact that information was sparse and erratic, such as they'd found wreckage and then it wasn't the plane's wreckage etc.

One chap, who was a mechanic and had worked for many years of Airbus type planes, was most insistent about the specific fault that was in the news that day. (I think it was the mileometer or whatever). He kept insisting that wouldn't make a blind bit of difference really as there were 7 checks in these planes and all inter-related.

It certainly gave me food for thought and right enough, the authorities have been behaving strangely.

Anonymous said...

'They' claimed it was a blocked pitot tube, which is a hollow tube typically around the nose-cone or elsewhere that air is forced into as the plane moves and this is converted into 'airspeed' which is then gathered by various sensors and fed into computers... this air-speed is referenced against still-air from the 'static' air vent...

There is also a mechanical version in the cockpit for redundancy... most modern planes have four or more, again for redundancy... And even if these all failed there are other indirect indications of airspeed... stall indicators etc etc...

First rule in investigating planes falling out the sky... 'Who was on board'?

Adam O'Connell said...


"Just days later after returning to Europe, Johanna lost her life when their car went off the road near the Austrian city of Kufstein."

nobody said...

Given that there are no black boxes, substantial debris, witnesses, or anything much at all, we can safely put hypothesizing about pitot tubes, or whatever, under the heading of 'here's-the-best-that-we-could-come-up-with-that-isn't-a-bomb'.

Honestly, with a debris trail kilometres long denoting a break up in mid-flight, a bomb would have the first thing you could think of wouldn't it?

Nancy Harris said...

The Air France Flight 447 (Airbus A330) crash investigation will go on for another one and one half years. This is according to the French Investigation Director. The BEA has published a 72 page interim report on the investigation.

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