Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Qatar's unofficial motto: To attract at all costs

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Cognac, 'liquor of the gods'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Airbus flying high as profits soar

Read more

REPORTERS

Pakistani Taliban set their sights on police

Read more

DEBATE

Are Airbnb and Uber creating a 'black economy'? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Are Airbnb and Uber creating a 'black economy'? (part 1)

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Jihadi John' unmasked

Read more

ENCORE!

How French women wash

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

'We need to constantly renew ourselves', says CEO of Lego

Read more

Americas

Searchers fail to find black boxes of doomed AF 447 flight

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-12

French investigators said Wednesday that the mission to find flight recorders from the doomed Air France jet that crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris last June had failed, despite previous reports that the black boxes had been localised.

AFP - French investigators said Wednesday a search of a new part of the seabed to find flight recorders from an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic last year with the loss of 229 lives had failed.

French officials last week said the navy had closed in on the black boxes following recent re-analysis of submarine sonar data collected in June and July last year. At that time, the black boxes were still emitting a signal.

"Exploration of the new search area that resulted from the Navy's work continued with a rhythm that was slowed by technical problems," the BEA air accident investigation office said in a statement.

"After making sure that an optimal coverage of the entire zone had been carried out, the BEA decided to resume the search in the zone to the north-west of the (plane's) last known position," the BEA said.

Air France Flight 447 was en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro when it went down on June 1 in stormy weather, killing all 228 people on board.

The crash was the worst in Air France's 75-year history.
 

Date created : 2010-05-12

  • AVIATION

    Flight 447 black boxes found, but recovery may be impossible

    Read more

  • FRANCE - BRAZIL

    Latest Air France crash search proves inconclusive

    Read more

  • AF447 CRASH

    New search for black box recorders starts off Brazilian coast

    Read more

COMMENT(S)