Air France Photo Hoax

The Lovely One got the following photos in an email. This is the text of the email:

The extraordinary photographer, who kept his cool even in the last moments of his own life and took these photos.

The world saw the disappearance of an Air France aircraft during a trans Atlantic flight between Rio to Paris .

Two shots taken inside the plane before it crashed. Unbelievable photos taken inside the aircraft that was involved in the crash.....

The two photos attached were apparently taken by one of the passengers in the aircraft, just 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 tailplane and vertical fin of the aircraft. In the second photo, one of the passengers is being sucked out of the gaping hole.

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. Investigating the serial number of the camera, the owner was 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 turbulence, he managed to take these photos, just 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.

The Lovely One was horrified when she saw these photos. We had just taken the Air France flight from Miami to Paris and returned a week earlier. Her horror was that people were alive and aware as they were sucked out of the plane.

The trouble is that these "photos" first appeared on the internet in June of 2006. They were ascribed to another Brazilian mid air collision.

The images are taken from an air crash sequence featured in the popular television series Lost. Fans of the drama series will recognize the woman using the oxygen mask in the left of the pictures as "Kate" (Evangeline Lilly), one of Lost's characters. The figure beside her is "Edward Mars" (Fredric Lehne) the U.S. Marshal who was escorting Kate back to the United States as his prisoner. Kate's status as a prisoner is shown by her handcuffs, which are clearly visible in the images.

Bolivian TV, Belgian Radio and Polish TV are among the media outlets that fell for the hoax.

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