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Air France Remus 6000 underwater search vehicle
Using a fleet of three autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), a team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has located the wreckage of an Air France plane that crashed two years ago.
Flight 447, a commercial airliner flying between Rio de Janeiro and Paris, crashed into the ocean on 1 June, 2009, killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
The unmanned Remus 6000 AUVs found the remains 3,900 metres — or nearly 2.5 miles — below the surface of the ocean, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said in a statement on Monday.
The search, which targeted an area of about 3,900 square miles off the north-eastern coast of Brazil, was carried out on behalf of the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), the French Bureau of investigation and analysis for civil aviation safety. It was the fourth search since the plane crashed.
Photo credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution