Air France Crash Search Finds Black-Box Recorder Without Data

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  • Posted on April 27, 2011

    Salvage teams work to retrieve debris from the wreckage of Air France flight 447 off the coast of Brazil in this handout photo taken on Monday, June 8, 2009. Source: Forca Aerea Brasileira via Bloomberg

    Investigators scouring the undersea wreckage of the 2009 Air France plane crash said they located one of the aircraft’s black-box flight recorders without the memory module that stores its crucial information.

    “The chassis of the airplane’s flight data recorder was found, though without the crash-survivable memory unit that contains the data,” France’s BEA air accident investigation bureau said in an e-mailed statement.

    The search is continuing for the missing data module as well as the separate cockpit voice recorder and other wreckage that may be useful to the investigation, the BEA said.

    The BEA has said the missing flight recorders remain critical to explaining the June 1, 2009, disaster in which an Airbus SAS A330 crashed into the mid-Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all 228 passengers and crew.

    After almost two years and four search operations, the agency said April 3 it had located the wreckage from Flight 447 on the ocean floor, at a depth of 3,900 meters (12,800 feet).

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