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31 MAY 2010
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FRENCH AUTHORITIES have suspended looking for the black box flight recorders from an Air France Airbus A330 which mysteriously crashed in mid-Atlantic in June last year. It had always been thought that once the initial period was over the chances of finding the units were remote, designed as they are only to emit homing signals for around 30 days. The national air investigation body, the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA), said it would not issue a progress report for the time being, indicating that there was a difference of opinion with the French navy who do not have the lead role in the search. Speculation about the cause of the crash has focused on possible icing of the aircraft's speed sensors, which appeared to give inconsistent readings seconds before the plane vanished. www.bea.aero
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