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Flight AF 447 crash/recovery of flight recorder

Flight AF 447 crash/recovery of flight recorder

Published on May 3, 2011
Flight AF 447 on the Rio to Paris route – Location and recovery of second flight recorder – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable development, Transport and Housing

Paris, May 3, 2011

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable development, Transport and Housing, and Thierry Mariani, Minister of State responsible for Transport, have been made aware of the announcement by the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (1) of the location and recovery of the second flight recorder from the wreckage of Flight AF 447 from Rio to Paris.

“The discovery of this second flight recorder is the culmination of 23 months of searching and will enable major progress in the inquiry,” said Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. “It’s very encouraging news for the victims’ families, who will be able to discover the full circumstances of the accident after nearly two years of waiting. That’s why analysis of the data must begin as soon as possible. Learning lessons from this air disaster is also essential, for improving safety and ensuring this kind of tragedy doesn’t recur.”

“The search teams have performed a real feat, which I welcome,” said Thierry Mariani. “This second success in the new search effort confirms that the resources deployed were necessary to shed all possible light on this tragedy, despite the complexity of the investigation. I very much hope the data can be made use of swiftly to help provide the truth the families deserve.”/.

(1) French body responsible for technical investigations into civil aviation accidents and incidents.

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