Monday, June 29, 2009

Why you should look before you leap

So early last week (hilarious by the way, check it out if you haven't already) posted a video by a Bolivian News Station:

So you get the gist, someone sold them these images, made a bundle, and ripped off Lost in the mean time. Truly awesome considering that 'Jack' and 'Kate' are in the actual footage. This is of course unless they have been named as some of those who lost their lives in the crash from Rio to Paris?

So I thought that this was hilarious and then today I get a forward.
Subject: FW: A330 airplane crash / could be a hoax-- but very interesting
The world saw the disappearance of an A330 Air France during a trans Atlantic flight between Rio to Paris.

The two photos attached were apparently taken by one of the passengers, just before the aircraft crashed. The photos were retrieved from the camera's memory stick.

You will never get to see photos like this. In the first photo, there is a gaping hole in the fuselage through which you can see the tailplane and vertical fin of the aircraft.

In the second photo, one of the passengers is being sucked out of the gaping hole.

These photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains. Although the camera was destroyed, the Memory Stick was recovered. Investigating the serial number of the camera, the owner was identified as Paulo G. Muller, an actor of a theatre for children known in the outskirts of Porto Alegre.

It can be imagined that he was standing during the impact with the Embraer Legacy and during the turbulence, he managed to take these photos, just seconds after the tail loss the aircraft plunged. So the camera was found near the cockpit.

The structural stress probably ripped the engines away, diminishing the falling speed, protecting the electronic equipment, but not unfortunately the victims.

Paulo Muller leaves behind two daughters, Bruna and Beatriz.

Now, I cannot comment too much, as I have seen/read things on the internet and taken them as gospel (oh, I am so not linking back to that article, if you want to laugh at me you will have to hunt it out) but what AMAZES me about this is the back story that someone has thought up. Seriously? Paulo Muller? What? I really hope there wasn't anyone on the plane with that name, because that is totes unfair.

Beware the Internet. All is not as it seems. I've learnt my lesson, I hope others do too.

1 comment:

Juha said...

You've probably seen this already:

As for Paulo Muller, that's probably a proper Brazilian name. The Queen of Sweden was Silvia Sommerlath before marrying Teh Knig. And, she's born in Brazil.