|Quoting hivue (Reply 270):|
How did France and Brazil do in the AF447 search?
Once an alert had been declared that the plane was missing - Brazil was able to get a C-130 over the last contact location that same day before dark. They found floating debris.
France was unable to get an aircraft to the location that day, but did get some assets out the next day.
Having the search 'haystack' pinned down to a relatively small area - Brazilian and French ships were on-site within 3 days and started to recover debris.
There was a major political battle over who would take custody of the debris, with Brazil winning most of the argument, though the debris were eventually turned over to BEA in France as the lead investigative agency. There was criticism that the 'sloppy' Brazilian recovery techiques damaged some of the debris - most notable the vertical stabilizer.
There was another major battle over custody of the bodies recovered. Since almost all were recovered by Brazilian ships - the French were unable to gain access to the bodies until Brazil released them to the families.
Some in France were critical of the autopsy of the Captain of the aircraft as not being thorough and his remains not preserved well enough to allow a competent examination when returned to France.
Senegal and Cape Verde refused to acknowledge any responsibility to issue an alert about a missing aircraft because AF447 had never made contact with Cape Verde Oceanic.
(As contrast to this case - apparently Vietnam Oceanic raised the alarm early when they did not get the expected contact with MH370 and could not obtain a response to their calls. Malaysia and Vietnam were quickly discussing the aircraft, and an alert issued quickly.)
One nation, I forget which, got upset at the Spanish ATC supervisor who finally said "To heck with procedure and jurisdiction - I will issue a missing aircraft alert" for exceeding his authority for an aircraft not located in his operational control area. This bickering over who is responsible wasted over two hours after everyone along the possible flight path knew the plane had not made contact with anyone since leaving Brazilian Oceanic.