November 23, 2014
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - A French nuclear submarine has been
scouring the seas off the Brazilian coast around the Air France
Flight 447 crash zone.
It's trawling the depths of the Atlantic for the plane's black
boxes. The devices could be the key to learning what brought down
the Airbus on May 31 with 228 people aboard.
The sonar-equipped attack sub can cover patches of about 13
square miles a day. It will also be making use of U.S. underwater
audio equipment that can pick up signals as far as 20,000 feet
under the sea.
The search is something of a race against time, since the black
boxes' acoustic beacons start to fade after 30 days.
A French armed services spokesman says the search will likely be
"very complicated" and the crews are going to need "a lot of
Meanwhile, 41 bodies have been recovered so far. There's also a
media report that French intelligence services have been trying to
match names of two passengers with those of terror suspects.
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