Bloomberg Newsreports today that the search for Air France Flight 447 black boxes has been called off as the leases for the robot submarines being used had run out.
The report also said that 200 square miles of seabed that is now considered the most likely resting place for the black boxes will, at least for the moment, remain unexplored.
As you may remember, earlier this month, the search was shifted some 40 miles away based on a re-analysis of previously made sonar recordings using newly developed Thales software. However, after a week of searching 80 square miles in the new location, no wreckage of Flight 447 was found.
This marks the third failed attempt to find Flight 447's black boxes.
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