Black box of Air France jet recovered: investigators

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Search teams on Sunday retrieved one of two black box flight recorders of an Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic while on a Rio-Paris flight in 2009, French investigators said.

"The investigation team located and identified the memory unit from the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) at 10 h UTC this morning," said France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), which has been tasked with probing the disaster that killed 228 people.

In a statement, the agency added that the device was "in good physical condition" after it was "raised and lifted by the Remora 6000 ROV (robot submarine) on board the ship Ile de Sein at 16h40 UTC."

Investigators announced Wednesday that search teams had retrieved part of a black box flight recorder from the Airbus A330 but not the part containing the key data.

BEA said the chassis that held one of the recorders was found a day after a salvage ship began working to retrieve bodies and recently discovered wreckage using the Remora submarines.

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