Air France Rio crash: Black box recorder data 'intact'

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    From BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13412061
    16 May 2011 Last updated at 11:52 GMT

    Air France Rio crash: Black box recorder data 'intact'

    [​IMG] The data on the flight recorders may help piece together what happened aboard the doomed jet
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    Flight recordings from an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 have been preserved and are readable, French investigators have said.
    They said the material from the voice and data recorders, retrieved earlier this month off the Brazilian coast, will now be analysed.
    The readings include the last two hours of the cockpit voice recordings.
    All 228 people on board were killed in the disaster.
    "Following operations to open, extract, clean and dry the memory cards from the flight recorders, BEA safety investigators were able to download the data over the weekend," the BEA air investigation agency said in a statement.
    "These downloads gathered all of the data from the flight data recorder, as well as the whole recording of the last two hours of the flight from the cockpit voice recorder."
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    Any information gleaned from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders will take months to process, investigators have said.
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    The report into the cause of the crash itself will not be ready before early 2012, although an interim report will be published in the summer, the BEA said on Monday.
    Flight AF 447 went down on 1 June 2009 after running into an intense high-altitude thunderstorm, four hours into a flight from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Paris.
    Those on board came from more than 30 countries, though most were French, Brazilian or German.
    The wreckage of the plane was discovered after a long search of 10,000 sq km (3,860 sq miles) of sea floor.
     
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    I hope they can find some answers from the info they have managed to recover. Not sure that it is going to be of any help to those affected by this tragedy.
     
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    But perhaps it will lead to important information that will help to prevent another such tragedy in the future, by discovering what exactly occurred to this aircraft and the actions taken by the pilots.
     
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    We can be confident that the information obtained will help make flyers even safer. We do not know how, but it seems that all major disasters have useful information about how to avoid them in the future.
     
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    BEA Downloads AF447 Recorder Information


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    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com
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    In a big breakthrough for investigators looking into the crash of Air France Flight 447, French officials say data from both the cockpit voice and flight data recorders have now been downloaded.
    The French air accident investigation office, the BEA, says “investigators were able to download the data over the weekend.” The last two hours from the cockpit voice recorder were recovered, as well as all information stored on the flight data recorder.
    The BEA says the analysis will take several weeks, with a new interim report due in the summer. The final report is expected next year.
    BEA says outside observers witnessed the downloading of the recorders’ data, with two German investigators from BFU, an American investigator from NTSB, two British investigators from AAIB and two Brazilian investigators from CENIPA, as well as an officer from the French judicial police and a court expert present.
    The two devices should shed light on why the Airbus A330-200 crashed June 1, 2009 on its flight from Rio de Janeiro with 228 persons onboard. The flight encountered severe weather and appears to have suffered pitot tube icing, although investigators still are not certain why that led to the crash. The newly unearthed data after more than a year of searching should shed light on discussions between crew on decision’s made and also as to what technically may have gone wrong.
    Airbus and Air France have co-funded some of the AF447 search operations hoping for a definite answer about what transpired.
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