Venezuela hands over 'black boxes' to France

24th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 24 (AFP) - The Venezuelan authorities have handed over to French air accident authorities the black boxes from the Colombian plane that crashed in Venezuela killing 160 people, most of them French, France's transport minister Dominique Perben said.

PARIS, Aug 24 (AFP) - The Venezuelan authorities have handed over to French air accident authorities the black boxes from the Colombian plane that crashed in Venezuela killing 160 people, most of them French, France's transport minister Dominique Perben said.

"Venezuela's decision is a sign of friendship towards France which has just gone through the biggest air disaster of its history," Perben said in a statement late Tuesday.

He said it also shows the depth of expertise of French air accident investigators.

President Jacques Chirac flew to Martinique on Wednesday to attend a memorial service for the 152 French residents of the French Caribbean island who died in the Colombian jetliner's crash in Venezuela,

The twin-engine McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft was traveling from Panama to Martinique on August 16 when it crashed in Venezuela after the pilot reported trouble with both engines.

France's Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) said in a statement that it would begin its work on the black boxes -- in fact orange-coloured flight data and cockpit voice recorders -- by confirming that they worked up to the moment of the crash and were able to yield their information.

"After that, the data have to be recovered and translated into a form that can be used for the investigation," it said.

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