Air France 447 was en route from Brazil to France when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all passengers and crew members. Part of an investigation released this week included a transcript from cockpit recordings made during the final minutes, when the pilot and two co-pilots struggled to understand how and why the plane was plummeting through the air.
But just eight minutes before the crash, conditions inside the cockpit seemed normal. Co-pilot Pierre-Cédric Bonin, 32, was flying the plane with co-pilot David Robert, 37. Pilot Marc Dubois was napping, a common practice during long flights. They were flying near an electrical storm and Bonin warned one of the flight attendants that turbulence was ahead. "We ought to be in an area where it will start moving about a bit more than now," he said to the flight attendant. "You'll have to watch out there."
Below you'll find the cockpit transcription with annotation, flight times and altitudes. Speech that was difficult to understand is contained in brackets.
End of recording.
Interactive by Stuart A. Thompson