Air France Crash Investigators Abandon Search for Black Boxes
French investigators looking into the causes of the Air France Flight 447 that crashed on June 1 have abandoned their second attempt to find the aircraft`s black box, also known as a flight recorder. The devices, if found, will tell investigators about what happened before the plane lost contact and help them figure out why the plane crashed. The incident killed 228 people and had no survivors.
As the black boxes are located in the cockpit, the second phase of black box hunting involved scouring underwater for aircraft wreckage. After weeks effort produced no results, this phase of the search has been abandoned.
Investigators and experts will gather in the coming weeks to determine whether to launch a third phase.
They will also try to determine what such an effort will cost and require. No estimate has been given on when the third phase might begin.
Without the black boxes, there is reportedly no way to tell exactly what happened to AF 447. Spokesperson for the French accident investigation agency Martine del Bono gave assurances that the search would continue.
The investigation "is far from finished," she said. "We must find" the black boxes, she added.