France to Hunt Again for Vanished Rio-Paris Flight

Fourth search for Flight 447's black boxes to begin in February
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2010 3:45 PM CST
An aerial view of an oil slick suspected to be from Air France's flight 447 that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Johnson Barros, Brazilian Air Force)
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(Newser) – The French government will conduct a fourth search for the flight recorders of the Air France jetliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris 18 months ago, it announced today. The initial search for Flight 447 found 50 bodies and hundreds of pieces of the plane, including its torn-off tail. But the latest search, a $13 million third effort, ended in May and did not find the "black box" voice and data recorders at the crash site, where the ocean is as deep as 13,120 feet. The fourth search will begin in February.

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