Airbus 320 Crashes On Test Flight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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A minesweeper is searching choppy seas for the
black box flight recorders of an Airbus A320 passenger plane that
crashed into the Mediterranean off France's southern coast.

Authorities in the city of Perpignan say the ship equipped to
sweep for mines and other metal objects was among 15 boats, 14
divers, a helicopter and a navy aircraft at the crash site Friday
about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) off the coast.

The airplane went down during a maintenance flight Thursday,
with seven people aboard. Two bodies have been recovered.

The plane's owner Air New Zealand says rescuers have little hope
of finding survivors.

The plane was leased to charter airline XL Airways Germany and
was due to return to service for Air New Zealand next month.

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