Airbus to fund search for black boxes

July 30, 2009 12:00 am

, PARIS, Jul 30 – Airbus is willing to spend up to 20 million euros to help in the search for the flight recorders of an Air France A330 which crashed in the Atlantic on June 1 killing 228 people, La Tribune said Thursday.

"We want to know what exactly happened," Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders told the business newspaper. "We are supporting an extended search by making a big contribution."

The newspaper said Airbus was willing to give between 12 and 20 million euros (16.8 to 28 million dollars) so that the search could be extended by "at least three months."

The second phase of an ongoing search is due to end on August 22.

Flight 447 crashed in a storm on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1 with the loss of all 228 people on board, the worst disaster in Air France’s 75-year history.


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