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  • AF447: CVR Also Found, Recovered
    Posted by Robert Wall 6:53 AM on May 03, 2011

    The French air accident investigation office, the BEA, reports that the cockpit voice recorder for Air France flight 447 has now also been found and recovered.

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    (Photo: BEA)

    It is the second major breakthrough for the operation to retrieve parts of the Airbus A330-200 that crashed June 1, 2009 right after the flight data recorder's crash survivable memory unit was located.

    Both the so called black boxed will be transferred to French Guyana by a French navy vessel before being flown to Paris where they will be analyzed at the BEA's headquarters in Le Bourget outside Paris.

    The cockpit voice recorder, in particular, could shed light on the exact crew composition in the cockpit at the time of the accident. The aircraft appeared to be flying through extremely turbulent weather.

    While the flight data recorder's information -- if it is usable -- should help explain the sequence of events that brought down the A330, the cockpit voice recorder could contain equally important data on the decision making process the pilot and copilot went through.

    The cockpit voice recorder, like the other devices, were found and retrieved by the Remora 6000 unmanned underwater vehicle and brought on to the Ile de Sein, the vessel overseeing the search.

    Tags: tw99, safety, AF447

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