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  • AF447: Efforts Ramp Up Again To Recover Airbus A330's Recorders
    Posted by Robert Wall 12:11 PM on Apr 26, 2011

    The newest search phase has begun to pinpoint and recover the cockpit voice and flight data recorders for Air France flight 447, the Airbus A330 that crashed into the Atlantic on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009.

    The French air accident investigation office, the BEA, reports that a Remora 6000 unmanned, underwater vehicle has already completed its first dive now that the Ile de Sein vessel is on station in the area where investigators confirmed they have located wreckage of the aircraft.

    The vessel is carrying 68 persons, including investigators, Airbus experts, and judicial authorities to secure any evidence recovered from the sea bed around 4,000 meters below the ocean surface.

    Two working groups are on scene, one looking at photos taken in the prior search phase of wreckage, with a particular focus on the aft section of the aircraft where the so called black boxes should be located. The other is looking at how to recover key elements of the aircraft, including the black boxes and also other elements that could yield important clues, such as computer chips associated with avionics and the CF6 engines's full-authority digital engine control.

    Tags: tw99, Airbus, Air France, AF447, safety

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