Xiao Xiang

 

Age: 35

 

Summary: Chinese scientist and associate researcher with the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China who was among one of 228 passengers reported missing and presumed dead aboard on the ill-fated Paris-bound Air France Flight 447 after the jetliner mysteriously disappeared on May 31, 2009 and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a violent tropical thunderstorm and severe turbulence off the northeastern Brazilian coast of Fernando de Noronha, in which the Brazilian Navy personnel removed the first major wreckage and two bodies from the sea within five days of the accident, but the initial investigation conducted by France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) was hampered because the aircraft's flight recorders were not yet recovered from the ocean floor at the time.

 

 

Cause of Death: Airplane accident

 

Born: circa 1974

 

Died: June 1, 2009

 

Location: Fernando de Noronha, Brazil