You can get a very good cross-reference summary of what is known so far in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AF_447.
You can also follow an ongoing discussion on it at airliners.net.
It took 6 days to find and positively identify the first pieces of wreckage from the plane. When the incident happened the plane just mysteriously disappeared and failed to arrive in Paris. It will possibly be a long while before the FDR and CVR are recovered from the bottom of the ocean which is quite deep in that area. Just before disappearing the plane automatically sent 24 maintenance messages over a period of 4 minutes via ACARS, and that is about all that is concrete that is known about any unusual occurrences on the plane just before its disappearance. The plane did report normal operation at FL350 at the previous checkpoint at the boundary of Recife Region and Atlantico Oceanic region as it entered Oceanic and radar coverage ceased. It failed to report from TASIL which was its next checkpoint. It was reporting from checkpoints because it was under Oceanic control (Atlantico region controlled by Brazil) where there is no radar coverage. TASIL is where it would have transitioned from Atlantico to Dakar region controlled by Senegal.
May the souls of those that were on the plane rest in peace and that their loved ones find solace.
Edited by jis, 08 June 2009 - 05:40 PM.