Le Bourget, France
French aviation investigators said Tuesday they are optimistic about finding the black boxes of Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the Atlantic last June en route from Rio to Paris, when a third phase of research begins in February.
All 228 people aboard the plane were killed.
Jean-Paul Troadec, chief of the French Accident Investigation Agency, said an international team of experts will reduce the search area for the black boxes to 2,500 square kilometers (965 square miles) — a fifth the size of previous efforts to recover them from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
That should make it easier to locate the debris from the plane, and the flight recorders.
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