Members of the Brazilian military have thus far located 28 of the 228 presumed dead passengers of Air France, flight 447, which was deemed “lost” this past week. Subsequent findings reveal the plane’s crash site to be approximately 230 miles off a Brazilian coastline. Facing pressure from its pilots, Air France decided to immediately replace airspeed sensors on all of its A330 and A340 jets. French air accident investigators have not yet determined that a problem with the speed sensors caused the doomed Airbus A330-200 447 to crash. In the meantime, they are looking into whether inconsistent speed measurements could have played a role since speed sensors can be vulnerable to icing in high-altitude storms, the type of weather that this plane may have encountered. Again, my prayers are with all of you affected by this tragic occurrence.
Last month I wrote about three defendants, Howard K. Stern, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor who appeared before the Los Angeles Superior Court. They were arraigned on six felony charges including “prescribing, administering, or, dispensing a controlled substance to an addict.” That addict is the late Anna Nicole Smith. They each have pled not guilty to the charges. Today marked another procedural point in this debacle. A brief proceeding was held in the Superior Court, however, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor showed up late and risked the chance of being arrested. He eventually did show up. Judge David Wesley has scheduled the preliminary hearing for Wednesday, August 12. My last post on this case generated several questions and a lot of reader interest so you can be sure that I’ll continue to follow this story.