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Latest Air France crash search proves inconclusive

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Latest update : 2010-04-24

The third and final phase of an international search off the Brazilian coast to find the black box recorders of Air France Rio-Paris flight AF 447 ended Friday with no success. Search crews will return to Brazil early next week.

REUTERS - An international search to locate the black box recorders from an Air France plane that crashed near Brazil last year killing 228 people has so far proved inconclusive, French officials said on Friday.
 
Air France flight AF447 between Rio de Janeiro and Paris crashed into the sea on June 1, 2009, killing everyone on board.
 
The families of the victims hope the black box recorders from the Airbus A330 plane will be found in order to shed light on the disaster.
 
So far, the search has cost 9 million euros ($12.10 million) and French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau said on Friday he would ask the country's BEA body -- the authority in charge of investigating air accidents -- to continue its investigation.
 
The BEA plans to issue an update on the situation on May 4.
 
A search last year found several pieces of wreckage and 50 bodies but the black box flight recorders have not been recovered and the causes of the crash remain unexplained.

Date created : 2010-04-24

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