Air France Flight 447
- I did a chart for the last transmission from the doomed flight (June 1, 2009, 12:14 a.m. Azores Time [2:14 a.m. GMT], 3N34'40", 30S22'28", approximately 200 miles northwest of St. Peter and Paul Rocks, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brazil). (Source for this and other data in the post, BBC News.)
Lucida Apodis (Alpha Apodis), the brightest star in Apus the Bird of Paradise, is on the Midheaven. Birds of paradise were once erroneously thought to have no feet (Apus is Latin for "without feet") and to be eternally in flight because the first preserved specimens that arrived in Europe were missing their feet. This plane, and the people in it, never landed either; the souls in the plane will never return to earth.
Lucida Antliae (Alpha Antliae), the brightest star in Antlia the Air Pump, is aligned with the Moon (the last transmissions from the plane, which were automated, had to do with cabin pressure).
In both this chart and the takeoff chart for the flight (May 31, 2009, 7:00 pm BZT2 [12 midnight GMT], Rio de Janeiro), Ceres is aligned with Tenebricissima (2M 0929 Antliae), a very dim brown dwarf which is the intrinsically dimmest star known. The cause of the crash is still a mystery and while about 15 bodies have been pulled from the ocean by the French and Brazilian navies so far, some bodies may never be found.
Mark A. Holmes