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NTSB Will Assist In Air France Crash Investigation

Assistance Requested By The French Government

The National Transportation Safety Board has accepted an invitation from the French aviation accident investigation authority, the Bureau d'Enquˆtes et d'Analyses (BEA), to assist in the investigation of Air France flight 447, the A-330 that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Brazilian coast on Monday morning.

NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior air safety investigator Bill English as the U.S. Accredited Representative. The U.S. team will also include technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Electric and Honeywell.

The missing aircraft, an Airbus A330-200, registered as F-GZCP, was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 660, delivered to Air France from the production line in April 2005. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 18,800 flight hours in some 2,500 flights. It was powered by CF6-80E1 engines.

FMI: www.ntsb.gov, www.bea.aero/index.php

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