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Last Updated: Friday, 16 January, 2004, 19:51 GMT
Red Sea crash recorder found
French Telecom staff lower Scorpio into the Red Sea
France lent special submarine equipment for the search
One of the black box flight recorders from the plane which crashed into the Red Sea has been recovered.

The French navy was using a robot to bring the data recorder to the surface.

Previous attempts to find the recorders had proved fruitless, with experts saying they could be lying 800 metres (2,600 feet) under the surface.

The recorder will be examined for clues to the crash of the Flash Airlines flight from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt which killed all 148 people on board.

The plane came down shortly after take-off from the Red Sea resort on 3 January.

Egyptian officials almost immediately ruled out terrorism as a possible cause of the crash.

They said they believed a technical problem or other accident was responsible.

It later emerged that the Flash Airlines plane had failed Swiss safety tests in 2002 but passed French checks the following year.

Among those killed were 134 French tourists, one Moroccan and 13 Egyptian crew members.

The French Government and French firms have been helping to retrieve debris from the crash.




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