The Flight Data Recorder main memory 'canister' -Crash Survivable Memory Unit

France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety announced today that it had recovered Air France Flight 447 ‘black box’ memory storage unit. Located at around 2:00pm ESTthe Crash Survivable Memory Unit (CSMU) which had apparently separated from the main Flight Data Recorder (FDR) chassis was raised aboard the Ile-De-Sein recovery vessel by the Remora 6000 Remotely Operated Vehicle at 8:40 pm EST. The FDR main assembly having already been recovered by the Remora 6000 during a12 hours dive mission on April 27th, 2011. The Remora 6000 operated by a crew of 9 had arrived in the area aboard the Ile-De-Sein cable-laying vessel on April 22nd 2011 at 9:00 am EST. The Remora 6000 built by Phoenix International Inc. weighs 2,000 lbs, has a length of 5 ft 9 in (1.7 m) and is capable of operating to a depth of 20,000 ft (6,000 m) using a fiber optic link to transmit video images from a remotely operated color video camera. The Air France flight 447 operated by the Airbus 330-203 registration F-GZCP had departed Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on the evening of May 31st 2009 for an overnight transatlantic crossing to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board had disappeared approximately four hours into its flight in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This development follows a latest recovery effort initiated on March 21st 2011 to locate the wreckage of the aircraft. The crash site was discovered on April 4th 2011(our entry) by three Remus 6000 Long Endurance/Deep Sea underwater search vehicles launched from the Seattle-based Alucia Exploration ship.

Ile De Sein cable-laying ship from which the Remora 6000 under water search vehicle is operated

The Airbus 330 aircraft Auxiliary Power Unit APU found April 29th 2011

The Flight Data Recorder chassis that was found on April 27th 2011 without its memory storage module

BEA picture depicting the FDR chassis and the Crash Survivable Memory Unit

The Crash Survivable Memory Unit CSMU found and filmed by the Remora 6000 remote under water vehicle

Air France Airbus 330-203 F-GZCP landing on a previous flight

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