Air France 447 Data Recorder Recovered

Investigators have located and recovered the memory unit of the flight data recorder of a 2009 Air France flight — a remarkable deep-sea discovery they hope will explain why the aircraft went down in a remote area of the mid-Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board.

Last month, the agency said the undersea search had identified the “chassis” that had held the recorder, but said the memory unit was still missing. The flight data recorder stores data from the flight. Another so-called “black box” records cockpit conversations.

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