“Answers at last” as Air France flight recorders found

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“Answers at last” as Air France flight recorders found

3rd May 2011

The events leading up to the tragic death of more than 200 people in a plane crash in 2009 can hopefully now be pieced together, after flight recorders were finally recovered from the ocean.

Katherine Allen, a specialist in aviation disasters, said the recovery of the "black box" flight recorders almost two years after Air France flight 447 went down over the Atlantic brings fresh hope of piecing together what caused the tragedy.

"We understand from reports that French investigators have finally located the cockpit voice recorder from Flight 447," said Katherine. "This comes just days after they also recovered the plane's flight data recorder, bringing fresh hopes that we will finally be able to understand what happened during the fateful flight."

The Airbus A330 was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it went down on 1 June 2009, killing all 228 people on board. "Initial reports suggested that the plane crashed after running into an intense high-altitude thunderstorm, within just a few hours of take-off from Brazil," said Katherine, a partner with the firm. "Now that the recorders have been recovered - and are apparently both in relatively good condition - we can hopefully learn exactly what happened, bringing a sense of closure to the families of those who perished."

Crew and passengers on the flight came from more than 30 countries, with most of them being from France, Brazil and Germany.

"The cockpit voice recorder will contain vital information about the pilots' reactions to whatever circumstances they encountered," said Katherine. "This, coupled with the information contained on the flight data recorder - such as altitude, speed and rudder position - should help the air crash investigators determine what happened, and crucially, why.

"We're now hopeful that the data in the two flight recorders will at last bring answers as to why the plane crashed into the sea, killing so many."

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