Air France Flight 447 Voice Data Recorder Found

The New York Times and other news media are reporting that the second black box containing the voice data recorder from Air France Flight 447 has been found. The article reported that a spokeswoman for the French investigation bureau BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile) said that the voice data recorder's "... memory unit had been found still attached to its protective chassis and connected to its audio beacon."

The flight data recorder was found last week but it was initially missing its memory unit. The memory unit was found a few days later, although there are concerns that it may not be readable.

It will take another 8 to 10 days before the units will arrive at BEA for analysis.


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