Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2006]
The two photos attached above were apparently taken by one of the passengers in the B737, after the collision and 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 tail plane and vertical fin of the aircraft. In the second photo one of the passengers is being sucked out of the gaping hole. INCREDIBLE. AMAZING.
Photos taken inside the plane.
These photos were found in a digital Casio Z750, amidst the remains in Serra do Cachimbo.
Although the camera was destroyed, the Memory Stick was recovered.
Major Antonio Nelson, from the Brazilian Air Force, is investigating how the photos leaked into the Internet.
Investigating the serial number of the camera the owner could be 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,
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, from a previous relationship.
The authorities were still pondering about showing these photos.
Variations: Versions of these photographs circulated in June 2009 were accompanied by text identifying them as pictures of an Airbus
Yesterday the world saw the disappearance of an A330 Air France during a trans Atlantic flight between Rio to Paris. Very ironic that a day before I got a mail of the photos taken a a passenger on a flight mins after a mid air collision, and mins before the crash of the said aircraft
The images displayed above have nothing to do with that tragic accident,
Portions of this television "crash" can be glimpsed in an ABC promotional clip for Lost:
The hoax back story for these pictures was propagated in late
Anecdotal reports indicate some television news outlets have mistakenly aired these photographs as genuine pictures of the 2009 Air France crash.
Last updated: 23 June 2009
Sharkey, Joe. "The Wreck and the Reckoning." The Sunday Times Magazine. 26 November 2006. Reuters. "Air France Jet Missing Over Atlantic." 1 June 2009.