As it is known, all on board Air Moorea Flight 1121 have been killed last Thursday.
There are some updates available by now, mostly about the cockpit flight recorder, which has been located by the search teams. Authorities said they would need specialist deep-water equipment to recover it, so it will probably take some time before the investigators (and hopefully us) learn what exactly happened in the cockpit before the DHC-6 Twin Otter and why the aircraft came down with 19 passengers and a pilot after taking off from the island Moorea on it’s short hop to the local capital, Papeete.
Local authorities in Papeete said none of their vessels was stable enough to provide a platform for the underwater robot being sent from Paris to recover the recorder, discovered at a depth of around 430 metres (!). The plane climbed up to about 500 feet (~150 m) according to eyewitnesses before it went down, and according to this report, it sank almost three times deeper than how high it was flying…
Fourteen bodies have been recovered but six people remain missing and authorities hold out no hope of any survivors. Senior official Anne Bocquet said teams would continue to search for wreckage and bodies for a further two weeks and had asked local fishermen to report objects found at sea.
Moorea is one of around 118 islands scattered across an area the size of Europe in the South Pacific that make up France’s overseas territory of French Polynesia and is a very popular tourist destination only a 10 minutes flight away from the more famous city of Papeete.