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Flight AF 447 News: Terror Names Linked to Two Passengers on Air France Flight 447

Though terrorism was highly unlikely as a factor in the crash of Air France Flight AF 447, it was reported today that two of the passengers shared names with radical Islamic terrorists (source):

Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the French equivalent of MI6, were dispatched to Brazil.

It was there that they established that two names on the passenger list are also on highly-classified documents listing the names of radical Muslims considered a threat to the French Republic.

Even though everyone is certain that computer malfuntions and severe weather were the main (and likely only) causes of the crash of Flight 447, the news that two of the passengers shared names with known terrorists is totally creepy.

France has received numerous threats from Islamic terrorist groups in recent months, especially since French troops were sent to fight in Afghanistan.

I can’t find any reports of France receiving terror threats recently, but I did post about Air France receiving a bomb threat 5 days before Flight 447 crashed. Was it terror? Probably not. It’s most likely a terrible coincidence. People tend to overlook coincidences like this, but the French government is taking this very seriously. And while I’m sick of terrorism in the news and things being blamed on terrorism, I hope the French government gets to the bottom of this. I sincerely hope that terrorism is ruled in the case of Flight AF 447.

Note: One of the reasons I hate the threat of terrorism is because there are so many conspiracy theorists out there who claim that terrorism is the threat that enables our governments to get away with anything and gain mass approval for their respective agendas. I really hope that terrorism does not get linked to some conspiracy theory about Flight AF 447. The fact that this terrible accident happened already makes me sad. Thinking that there was terrorism involved would make me more sad. Having to think that there is some conspiracy theory that somehow involves a terror threat – that would just make me downright depressed about the world we live in. Can’t we all just get along?

Air France Flight 447 Conspiracy Theory

Actual Air France Airbus 330-200 of vanished Flight AF 447 (identified by registration number)
Actual Air France Airbus 330-200 of vanished Flight AF 447 (identified by registration number)

This story only seems to get stranger each day. From Day 1 of this horrific tragedy, I saw Flight 447 conspiracy theories being posted on websites all over the world. Here is a list of a few Flight AF 447 conspiracy theories I have seen (plus a few crazy one that I just made up to add to the craziness of the others):

  • UFO/Extraterrestrial spacecraft crashes into Flight AF 447
  • Aliens kidnap Air France Flight 447 passengers
  • Missile hits Flight 447 at cruising altitude
  • Bomb explodes on Flight AF 447 at 35,000 feet
  • Asteroids hit Flight 447 (but not just any asteroids – asteroids from the coming 2012 apocalypse predicted by the Mayans)
  • Flight 447 hijacked, re-routed, and landed in secrecy
  • AF 447 collides with government spy satellite
  • Flight 447 shot down with secret super laser weapon
  • Flight AF 447 disappears in marketing stunt ahead of television premiere the french version of LOST
  • Flight 447 crashed because Desmond didn’t enter the numbers (yet another LOST reference)
  • Humans from the future came back in time and have taken all the Flight 447 passengers back to the future for some unknown purpose
  • Air France Flight 447 flew into a opening in space-time and flew into another dimension
  • May 31, 2009 is 05-31-2009 which is 3+1+5=9  and 2+9=11. Thus, you get 9/11.
  • Flight AF 447 brought down to take out heir to Brazilian throne; a royal family connection
  • AF 447 brought down to increase military spending with European contractors

How crazy do those conspiracy theories sound? Yeah, some people are nuts. But today the story became even more mysterious as the Brazilian Air Force has retracted previous statements that the debris found in the Atlantic Ocean was from Flight AF 447. Now, the Brazilian Air Force is saying that much of the debris found in the Atlantic Ocean was NOT from Flight 447. Here are some quotes (source):

But today investigators said the wooden pallet and two buoys recovered was not from Flight 447, but just floating waste believed to be from a ship.

Earlier, investigators had also claimed to have spotted a plane seat and a seven-metre piece of fuselage floating in the ocean from search planes thousands of feet up.

They have not yet confirmed if those pieces of debris were from Flight 447 or not.

Cardoso said the fuel slicks detected in the area were ‘almost certainly from another passing vessel too.’

French investigators said no cause, including a terrorist bomb, had yet been ruled out.

Debris spotted about 340 miles (550 kilometres) northeast of Brazil’s northern Fernando de Noronha islands by the helicopter crew so far includes a 23-foot (seven-metre) chunk of plane, an airline seat, an oil slick and several large brown and yellow pieces that Cardoso said probably came from inside the plane.

WTF? Are you serious? Where is that plane?!!! Do these people really know anything about the debris they are finding?

To raise foul-play suspicions even more, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that despite evidence that suggests a bomb or explosion, they cannot discard the terrorism theory (source):

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, speaking Thursday in Rio de Janeiro where he attended a Mass honoring the crash victims, said experts had not found signs that would back up a “terrorism theory.”

“But we cannot discard that for now,” he told reporters. “Nothing leads us to believe that there was an explosion, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.”

Wow. I guess we’ll be finding out more as the days go by. To me, it still looks like the most likely factors might have been the weather (violent turbulence, towering thunderstorms, lightning, severe wind speeds) or on-board systems malfunctioning (electrical, weather radar, interior sensors). Those theories appear much more reasonable. I can’t believe people are even suggesting bomb plots and UFOs. How odd. People love conspiracies. That’s for sure.

I sincerely hope they find that plane. People need closure. It’s 2009. We have some extremely advanced technologies. Why can’t we find this Flight AF 447?

Update (7-2-2009):

  • French: Air France Flight 447 fell intact into sea (Yahoo News)