Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Macron's airforce uniform draws Tom Cruise comparisons

Read more

THE DEBATE

Polish democracy under threat: EU warns Warsaw over judicial independence

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Game of Thrones and TV's golden age

Read more

ENCORE!

The best of the summer's exhibitions in Paris

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Game of Thrones returns: Mega fans bask in themed pop-up bar

Read more

FOCUS

Unwanted children: 3,800 babies abandoned in South Africa every year

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Looking for Lenin': The search for fallen Soviet statues in Ukraine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

From footballer to inmate: Will OJ Simpson be released?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Time to taper? ECB governing council meets in Frankfurt

Read more

France

Relatives of victims to visit Atlantic crash zone

Video by Olivia SALAZAR-WINSPEAR

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-06-03

Relatives of the AF 447 victims will be allowed to fly over the crash zone in the Atlantic, Jean-Louis Borloo, France's transport minister, said on Tuesday. He called the search for the wreckage "a race against the clock".

Families and close friends of the passengers of the Air France plane that disappeared over the Atlantic will be allowed to go to the zone where the plane is thought to have gone down, said Jean-Louis Borloo, France’s transport minister.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that a trip to the zone would be organised for those who wish to go, Borloo announced. Borloo added that Sarkozy wished to meet again with the passengers' relatives.

"Race against the clock" to find the plane

Borloo also said that finding the Airbus 330’s “black box” was an “absolute priority” for French authorities. “It’s a race against the clock,” he said.

Referring to the cause of the loss of the jet, Borloo said that he had excluded “no hypothesis”, including the possibility of terrorism. He emphasized, however, that investigations so far had found “no element concerning the passengers, the take-off or the conditions revealed by automatic messages sent by the plane to the maintenance centre” that indicated terrorism.

“We have found no indication of terrorism,” he said.

Referring to the plane’s cockpit recording equipment, Borloo said, “Our job is to find the black boxes.” He added that the Airbus will automatically transmit a locator signal for 30 days.

Date created : 2009-06-02

COMMENT(S)