Airbus to fund hunt for Air France jet's black boxes

30th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Airbus is willing to spend up to EUR 20 million to extend the search for the Air France flight that crashed in the Atlantic by at least three months.

Paris – Airbus is willing to spend up to EUR 20 million to help in the search for the flight recorders of an Air France flight AF 447 which crashed in the Atlantic on 1 June and left 228 people dead, La Tribune said Thursday.

"We want to know what exactly happened," Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders told the business newspaper. "We are supporting an extended search by making a big contribution."

The newspaper said Airbus was willing to give between EUR 12 and EUR 20 million so that the search could be extended by "at least three months".

The second phase of an ongoing search is due to end on 22 August.

Flight 447 crashed in a storm on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on with the loss of all 228 people on board, the worst disaster in Air France's 75-year history.

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