Black box signal detected from Yemenia jet that crashed in the Indian Ocean

July 5, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A signal has been detected from the acoustic beacons of the two flight recorders from the Yemenia airliner flight 626, that crashed in the Indian Ocean on 30 June, officials say. Comoran and French investigators say the signal was picked up Sunday morning by a submarine during an underwater search. “Investigators from the BEA have detected a signal from the flight recorders,” said Comoran lead investigator Ali Abdou Mohamed in a statement received in Paris via AFP.

They gave no indication however when the flight recorders might be recovered. The black boxes, of course contain vital data on the plane’s particulars before it crashed, as well as recordings of the crew’s conversations in the cockpit, revealing important clues that should help investigators determine the cause of the acrash.

The Airbus A310 traveling from Yemen, went down Tuesday in bad weather with 153 on board, in the Indian Ocean as it was approaching the Cormoros coast, killing 152 people.

A 12-year-old girl Bahia Bakari, was the only miraculous survivor. She had clung to the aircraft’s floating debris for more than 13 hours before rescuers found her. Bakari suffered only a broken collarbone and some cuts and bruises.


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