Hopes raised for recovery of AF447 black boxes

AP News
Posted: Apr 12, 2011 3:43 PM
Hopes raised for recovery of AF447 black boxes

Representatives of families of Brazilian victims of a 2009 Air France jet crash say French investigators have told them the rear section of the plane has been found _ and that the "black boxes" may be attached to it.

Nelson Marinho, president of the family group, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he and other family members met with officials in Paris the day before.

Marinho says French officials say the rear of the jet was relatively intact, raising hopes that the voice and data recorders could be recovered.

Martine Del Bono is a spokeswoman for the French investigating agency. He cautioned that the boxes have yet to be located.

The jet crashed on June 1, 2009, in the Atlantic off Brazil's coast, killing all 228 people aboard.