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Airbus to fund extra search for Air France black box

AIRBUS will help fund an extended search for flight recorders and debris of an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic last month, a newspaper said today.

Flight AF 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed on June 1, killing all 228 people on board, but investigators have found only 4 to 5 percent of the disintegrated plane, La Tribune said.

Citing Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, the paper said the company would spend some 12-20 million euros over at least three months to support a public investigation into the crash.

Investigators have so far failed to pick up any signals emitted by the "black box" recorders. The extra financing would allow them to extend the search beyond the Aug. 22 deadline and use two or three boats as well as at least one mini-submarine.

The paper said Airbus still hoped to find the black boxes, which in some other cases had been found months after a crash.

Evidence from recovered wreckage indicates the plane was broken apart by impact with the water, which it struck facing downwards.


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