Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

WWI Centenary: the battle for Verdun

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

When big companies want to do good

Read more

FOCUS

Many Turks angry over Syrian refugee situation

Read more

ENCORE!

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday : The Best of the Bard

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

The Tour de France, a PR machine

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the third plane crash in one week - from France, Algeria and Burkina Faso

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Coverage of the plane crash that took 116 lives - almost half of them French

Read more

  • Live: ‘No survivors’ from Algerian plane crash, says Hollande

    Read more

  • In pictures: Debris and devastation at Air Algérie Flight AH5017 crash scene

    Read more

  • Paris bans new Gaza protest scheduled for Saturday

    Read more

  • French families grieve for Algerian plane crash victims

    Read more

  • Protest against Gaza offensive turns deadly in West Bank

    Read more

  • LA Times wipes France off the map in air crash infographic

    Read more

  • Tour de France fans bring the ambience to the Pyrenees

    Read more

  • Halal tourism on the rise

    Read more

  • French lawyer files complaint against Israel at ICC

    Read more

  • Ukraine names acting PM after Yatseniuk's shock resignation

    Read more

  • BNP to pay $80 million for defrauding Dept of Agriculture

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Wreckage of Algeria plane found in Mali

    Read more

  • Pope meets Christian woman sentenced to death in Sudan

    Read more

Africa

Search teams locate second black box

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-29

Search teams have found the cockpit voice recorder -- the second flight data recorder -- of the Yemenia jet that crashed off the Comoros islands on June 30, killing 152 people. The first recorder was located on Friday.

AFP - Search teams have found the second flight data recorder of the Yemenia jet that crashed off the Comoros islands on June 30, killing 152 people, the chief investigator said Saturday.
  
The Cockpit Voice Recorder had been located and operations were under way to retrieve it, Ali Abdou Mohamed said.
  
On Friday, they retrieved the Flight Data Recorder with the help of a specially-equipped French vessel scouring an Indian Ocean zone where the average depth is estimated at 1,200 metres (3,600 feet).
  
"The two flight recorders... will be sent in the coming days to the Investigation and Analysis Bureau in Bourget (France) where they will be studied in the presence of the investigations team members," Mohamed said in a statement.
  
The causes of the crash of the plane, which was carrying mainly passengers of Comoran origin living in France, remain unknown.
  
Some sources blamed the state of the plane, which did not satisfy European safety regulations, but the investigation has yet to establish this.
  
The passengers, who were travelling from France to the Comoros, had changed planes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa and boarded the Airbus A310. The plane plunged into the Indian Ocean as it was trying to land in Moroni.
  
The sole survivor was Bahia Bakari, a 13-year-old girl who lost her mother in the crash and clung to a floating piece of debris for hours before being rescued.
  
The investigation team is made up of officials from the Comoros, Yemen and France and is headed by the Comoros authorities.
  

Date created : 2009-08-29

COMMENT(S)