Two years ago Air France Flight 447 suddenly disappeared above the Atlantic ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

A recent New York Times Magazine feature article titled “The Deepest End” looks closely at the investigation and explains why the investigation has been so difficult and taken so long. It’s a riveting, fascinating breakdown of the complex logistics and political hurdles involved in investigating the accident.

Per the Times mag’s usual standard, the article is presented in a beautiful layout with graphics and images that tell the story. The cover photo – a black and white image of the sea (see below) – is a poignant reminder of the mystery and remoteness of the air disaster and the many unanswered questions that remain.