It strikes me that the search for Air France 447, and the current search for it’s black boxes, has been approached in a very routine way. The French nuclear submarine will be scouring 35 square kilometers a day in search of the black boxes.
Is there not an easier way to estimate where they are, or retrospectively, in identifying the possible crash site?
So, for example, why not try out James Surowiecki’s “Wisdom of Crowds” approach to estimate the location? After all, the process was applied to finding the submarine Scorpion which sank in the Atlantic in 1968.