The French Government announced it would resume searches for the lost Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
The crash killed all 228 people on board, but has never been located, despite four attempts to locate the wreckage. The wreckage, which includes the flight recorders that could shed some light on the cause of the fatal accident, has not been found after three hunts.
The Airbus A330-200 was headed for Paris from Rio de Janerio in June 2009 when it went down. The cause of the crash has yet to be established, but officials are keen to hear the flight recorders to gain some leads.
According to reports, the motivation for the fourth hunt has come from families of several victims of the crash. Investigators announced they will conduct a fourth search in the sea beginning February 2011 amidst widespread pressure from the families.
The incident, which took place during a thunderstorm, has met with widespread speculation as to the cause. Many have said that the airspeed monitors on the jet were faulty, but officials are adamant that other factors are to blame as well.
Regardless of the belief, it is certain that locating the flight’s black boxes will finally enable investigators to explain some of the mystery away in the crash. Initial searches uncovered 50 bodies and hundreds of small pieces of the crash, but never the majority of the plane.
The last search was conducted in May of this year, but ended in failure. Many families have questioned how authorities have handled the searches.