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Brazil gives France data from doomed Air France flight

world Updated: Oct 14, 2009 10:37 IST

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Brazil has handed French investigators documents from the investigation into the Air France disaster that killed 228 people on June 1, the Justice Ministry said.

Justice secretary Romeu Tuma welcomed a French delegation including investigating magistrate Sylvie Zimmerman and handed over documents on boarding, air traffic control and the state of bodies that were recovered, a ministry spokesman said yesterday.

Air France Flight 447 was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris during stormy weather when it crashed into a remote area of the Atlantic, about 1,000 kilometres off Brazil's coast.

Just before dropping off radar screens, it had emitted a series of automatic warning signals indicating systems failures.

The Airbus A330's black box flight recorders have not been found, but French investigators said in a report that the faulty speed sensors were not the only explanation for the accident.

Both the European air safety agency and Airbus advised airlines after the crash -- the worst in Air France's 75-year history -- to replace the French pitot tubes in the speed sensor mechanism used on the doomed jet with a more reliable US model.