The Air France 447 catastrophe in 2009 hasn’t still quite slipped the memory of most. The aircraft that was scheduled to reach Paris from Rio de Janeiro on the 1st June 2009 lost all radio contact (a concrete cause of the same still stands unknown) and crashed over the Atlantic Ocean. The mishap wreckage that claimed the lives of all the 216 passengers and 12 air crew onboard went without any substantial traces for a good two years after the incident. One of the handicaps of the whole investigation was the missing black box.

Lost and found..

Lost and found..

The black box or the data module was finally unearthed from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The French agency, the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses put an end to the two-year long search with its path-breaking discovery. Although, much wasn’t revealed the BEA did mention that the data module appeared to be in good shape. Made by Honeywell International, the module can effectively store 24 hours worth of data, and can withstand depth of 20,000 feet. However, since a lot of time has passed since the accident, the officials aren’t sure of the functioning of the device.

Nevertheless, this is a major breakthrough in the June 1, 2009 mishap’s investigations.

Publish date: May 5, 2011 3:56 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:45 pm

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