Crash jet's black boxes to be decoded in France

5th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

TORONTO, Aug 4 (AFP) - The aircraft flight data and cockpit voice recorders recovered from the wreckage of the Air France Airbus 340 that crashed and burned in Toronto this week will be sent to France, officials said Thursday.

TORONTO, Aug 4 (AFP) - The aircraft flight data and cockpit voice recorders recovered from the wreckage of the Air France Airbus 340 that crashed and burned in Toronto this week will be sent to France, officials said Thursday.

Canadian investigators do not have the necessary equipment to retrieve the information they contain, so French authorities offered to crack their secrets, said Real Levasseur, a senior investigator for the Canadian transportation safety agency.

This will delay the investigation by a few days, he said, but it would have been too expensive and taken too long for Canadian investigators to procure their own equipment.

"This is an early type of recorder that was put into that aircraft," he said.

"The equipment that is used to decode recorders is very expensive and since we don't have it, first of all, it would be very expensive for this one-shot affair and probably two or three weeks before I could get my hands on that equipment," Levasseur said.

Throughout, the boxes will remain in the custody of Canadian officials and will be returned, along with the data retrieved from them, to this country afterwards for analysis, he said.

The so-called 'black boxes' were recovered in "pretty good" condition apart from some fire damage and are likely to give investigators some of their most valuable clues to the cause of the accident.

Black boxes have been in use since the late 1950s, and under internationally agreed regulations all commercial aircraft must carry the equipment.

The Air France Airbus A340 jet hurtled off the runway Tuesday and ended up in a gully in flames. But all of the 297 passengers and 12 crew survived after a quick escape.

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