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
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.