Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

A tiger in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

French women speak out about sexual harassment, but what happens next?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa pledges to revive failing economy

Read more

FOCUS

Video: FRANCE 24 meets foreigners fighting with Kurds in Syria

Read more

#TECH 24

Energy Observer: The world's first hydrogen-powered boat

Read more

ENCORE!

The best winter exhibitions

Read more

#THE 51%

Shortage of male heirs leads many Japanese families to adopt adult men

Read more

FASHION

Death of an icon: Remembering fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Black Friday deals: Are they really worth it?

Read more

France

Data recovered from black boxes of Rio-Paris crash

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-16

French aviation authorities said Monday that they have recovered the data from the black box recorders of Air France flight 447, which crashed on June 1, 2009, en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

AFP - All flight data from the Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 has been preserved in the plane's retrieved black box recorders, French aviation authorities said Monday.

The BEA air safety agency probing the crash of the Rio to Paris flight, in which all 228 people on board were killed, said it recovered the data from the recorders, pulled from the ocean after a nearly two-year search.

"Following operations to open, extract, clean and dry the memory cards from the flight recorders, BEA safety investigators were able to download the data over the weekend," it said in a statement.

"These downloads gathered all of the data from the flight data recorder, as well as the whole recording of the last two hours of the flight from the cockpit voice recorder."

The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. It was only last month that investigators found the main wreckage in deep waters midway between Brazil and the west African coast.

"In the framework of the safety investigation directed by the BEA, all of this data will now be subjected to detailed, in-depth analysis," the statement said.

"This work will take several weeks, after which a further interim report will be written and then published during the summer."

Investigators say the cause of the accident remains unconfirmed, but interim inquiry results point to a problem with the Airbus A330 jet's air speed probes -- known as "Pitots" -- which are thought to have iced up.

Since the accident, Air France has replaced the Pitots on its Airbus fleet with a newer model, and pilot's unions and some of the victims' families have accused the airline of reacting too slowly to safety warnings.

Both Airbus and Air France insist they reacted properly, and both companies are awaiting the results of the BEA inquiry.
 

Date created : 2011-05-16

  • AF447 CRASH

    France backpedals on Rio-Paris crash recovery efforts

    Read more

  • AF447 CRASH

    France recovers first body from Rio-Paris crash

    Read more

  • AVIATION

    Second black box recovered from Rio-Paris crash

    Read more

COMMENT(S)