Jet crash 'black box' recovered
Posted Mon, 16 May 2011
The investigation into what caused an Air France jet to crash into the Atlantic almost two years ago has taken a step forward after all the flight data and cockpit voice recordings were recovered.
Underwater robots brought the flight recorders up from a depth of nearly 4,000 metres earlier this month and BEA, the French air accident investigation agency, said a team had downloaded the "black box" and data recorder material over the weekend.
BEA officials said: "These downloads gathered all of the data from the flight data recorder, as well as the whole recording of the last two hours of the flight from the cockpit voice recorder."
They added that the material will be analysed over the next couple of months by investigators, with a new accident report expected to be released in the summer.
Air France flight 447 travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the sea on 1 June 2009, with the cause of the crash unclear. All 228 people on board were killed.
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