28 Nov 2010

Search for crashed jet to resume next year

7:45 am on 28 November 2010

The French government intends to resume the search for an Air France jet that crashed in the Atlantic, killing 228 people.

It will be the fourth hunt for parts of wreckage, including the flight recorders, in the area of ocean where the Airbus A330-200 went down.

All those on board flight AF447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris died in the crash on 1 June, 2009.

The cause of the disaster, which occurred during a thunderstorm, has never been established.

Junior transport minister Thierry Mariani says the "best equipment currently available" will be used when the search resumes in February.

The last search for the voice and data recorders ended in failure in May 2010. An initial search had found 50 bodies and hundreds of pieces of the plane, including its torn-off tail.

The BBC reports the flight went down roughly midway between Brazil and Senegal. It was the deadliest crash in the history of Air France.