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Second 'Black Box' Found From Air France 447


A BEA air accident inquiry official (R), surveys the handling of a flight data recorder aboard ship, May 2, 2011

A BEA air accident inquiry official (R), surveys the handling of a flight data recorder aboard ship, May 2, 2011

French investigators say they have recovered the second flight recorder from the Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil almost two years ago.

France's air accident investigation agency (BEA) said Monday that search teams scouring the seabed found the Cockpit Voice Recorder in good condition. Officials hope the audio recording of the final few minutes of the flight can help them determine exactly why the plane crashed.

French officials announced Sunday that an unmanned submarine had located and recovered the first flight data recorder, or "black box."

Air France Flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic in June 2009, not long after taking off from Rio de Janeiro for Paris. The disaster killed all 228 people on board.

The plane was flying in a storm, but the exact cause of the crash has not been determined.

Experts speculate that icing on external speed sensors gave the pilots incorrect readings.

In March, a French judge placed the European aircraft maker Airbus under investigation for possible involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2009 crash.

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