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Black boxes detected at Laos crash site

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Investigators have detected signals from the flight data recorders of a Lao Airlines plane which plunged into the Mekong River last Wednesday, killing all 49 people on board, officials said on Monday. The airline said the bodies of 43 of the victims had been recovered from the swollen river in Laos, some many kilometres downstream from the crash site.. Experts from the French aviation safety agency BEA said they had detected the aircraft’s two “black boxes”, which may hold crucial evidence as to the cause of the crash. But efforts to reach them were hampered by poor visibility and strong river currents. “The Mekong has very powerful currents. The water is muddy. You can't see anything,” BEA director Jean-Paul Troadec said.— AFP


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