This is not the happiest day, nor is it the saddest for the families of those who were killed in the crash of Air France Flight 447 two years ago. The correct term is "bittersweet," as finally deep-diving submarines have located a large portion of the airliner two-and-a-half miles underwater, well off the coast of Brazil. With the discovery of the engines, pieces of the fuselage and the landing gear comes the recovery of more bodies andhoping against hopeperhaps the black box.
The AP video above explains why locating the flight recorder ("black box") is so important, even though two years of seawater may have taken its toll. If any information can be pulled from it, then there is a chance that the world may finally learn what happened to cause the sudden disappearance of the plane from the skies. The current theory is heavy turbulence and issues stemming from "high-altitude storm" it hit between Rio de Janeiro and Paris.
Also at stake is knowing who exactly to blame for the crash. Airbus, the manufacturer of the Air France A330, is right now facing joint persecution with Air France for the loss of the 228 lives onboard. Ah yes, and they've been funding this 2-year-long search effort by the French government that's made this recent headway. In the name of all that is holy, please let them get something from the black box so that the 228 can rest in peace and our mild fears about flying Rio to Paris can also be laid down.
To see large pictures of the found wreckage, see this story.