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article imageAir France Black Box flight recorder found after two years

By Kev Hedges     May 1, 2011 in Travel
Search teams in the Atlantic have found one of the two flight recorders of the Air France Airbus A330 flight, which crashed into the Atlantic two years ago. The data contains the memory unit and is said to be in "good physical condition".
The announcement that one of the flight recorders had been located was made by France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis. The device was lifted to the surface by the Remora 6000 ROV (robot submarine) which is fixed aboard the ship, Ile de Sein.
Jean-Paul Troadec, a director at the bureau said, "At this stage, the box seems to be in good physical condition. Our experts will tell us if there's [any] hope to read the data, If the data can be used it will allow the enquiry to make headway because the FDR [flight data recorder] records the altitude, speed, and the various positions of the rudder."
The device will now be taken back to the offices of the bureau in France within the next ten days. Investigators are hoping to first locate the flight deck voice recorder, so the two can be taken back to France, reports AFP News. On Wednesday, investigators found part of the black box flight recorder from the Airbus A330 but not the part containing the key data.
The Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009, a total of 228 people were killed.
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