France confident of finding Air France black boxes
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 00:16
Paris: French aviation investigators say they are optimistic of finding the black boxes of crashed Air France Flight 447 when a third phase of research begins in February.

BEA chief Jean-Paul Troadec said today that an international team of experts will reduce the search area to 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet) -- a fifth the size of previous efforts.

That should make it easier to locate the plane debris -- and the flight recorders. The plane crashed June 1, killing all 228 people on board.

Lead investigator Alain Bouillard said he expects to be able to read the data stored in the black boxes, despite the amount of time they have likely rested on the sea floor.


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 00:16

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