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Ethiopian jet’s black box flown to France

February 8, 2010

By ZEINA KARAM
Associated Press

Lebanese authorities say a black box recovered from the wreckage of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed into the Mediterranean last month has been flown to France for analysis.

The Boeing 737 crashed Jan. 25 minutes after takeoff from Beirut, killing all 90 people on board.

An official at Beirut airport said a private jet owned by the Lebanese prime minister left for Paris Monday carrying the flight data recorder. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Lebanese authorities have said the black box will be analyzed by BEA, a French agency that specializes in assisting with technical investigations of air crashes. The plane’s other black box, the cockpit flight recorder, has not been recovered.

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The second black box not recovered yet

The Ministry of information has denied that the second black box of ET409 that contains the voice recordings of the Ethiopian plane ( cockpit voice recorder CVR), has been recovered, saying only the flight data recorder (FDR) has been recovered .
earlier Reuters has reported that a security official said that the main part of the second black box was also retrieve. source

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