July 5, 2009

Yemenia Black Boxes

Yemenia Black Boxes

A submarine scouring the Indian Ocean on Sunday detected the signal beacons of the two black boxes from a Yemenia Airways flight that crashed off the Comoros Islands, the French aviation agency said. Plans were underway to retrieve the Yemenia black boxes within days, an official from Yemen said.

A 12-year-old girl, Bahia Bakari, who clung to debris for up to 13 hours, is the only known survivor of Tuesday's crash, which killed 152 people flying from Paris to Moroni, the capital of the Comoros, via San'a in Yemen.

The chief of Yemen's Civil Aviation Authority, Hamed Ahmad Faraj, had only grim news Sunday for reporters, saying that search planes have spotted another floating body from the Yemenia crash, that the black boxes are hoped to better explain.

The Airbus A310's flight data and cockpit recorders inside the Yemenia black boxes are critical to help investigators understand why the flight went down, but the one-line statement from the French investigation agency BEA gave no indication when they might be recovered.

Yemenia Black Boxes

Posted at July 5, 2009 4:55 PM

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