Crash plane's voice recorder found
The cockpit voice recorder of an Air France plane which plunged into the Atlantic in 2009, killing 228 people, including three young Irish doctors, has been found and recovered, France's Accident Investigation Agency said.
Dr Jane Deasy (27), from Rathgar, Co Dublin; Dr Aisling Butler (26), from Roscrea, Co Tipperary; and Dr Eithne Walls (28), from Ballygowan, Co Down all died in the accident.
The body of Dr Deasy was recovered during one of the search operations, but the bodies of Dr Butler and Dr Walls have not yet been found.
The deep-sea discovery of the instrument comes just days after investigators found the plane's memory unit.
This means both pieces critical in helping to determine the cause of the crash have now been recovered.
The machine which records cockpit conversations was located yesterday and raised from the ocean depths on Tuesday, a statement by the agency said.
The plane's flight data recorder was recovered on Sunday. It was found by a submarine probing 12,800ft (3,900m) below the ocean's surface.
The condition of the instruments was not immediately clear.
Like the memory unit, the cockpit voice recorder was lifted on to the Ile de Sein, a ship helping to carry out the investigation, the agency statement said.
Investigators hope the discoveries will allow them to determine what caused the crash of Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris on June 1, 2009.
The aircraft slammed into the Atlantic north-east of Brazil after running into an intense high-altitude thunderstorm.