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Brazil gives France data from doomed Air France flight

world Updated: Oct 14, 2009 10:37 IST

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.