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No Rwanda flight recorder link

The UN says tests on a flight recorder found last week suggest that it is not from the plane that crashed in Rwanda, triggering the country’s 1994 genocide. But spokesman Fred Eckhard said more tests were needed on the device which had been locked in a UN filing cabinet for a decade. The spokesman said the recording lasted for about 30 minutes and some of the conversation was in French. He said nothing heard so far proved it was linked to the downed plane. He was speaking after experts from the International Civil Aviation Organisation listened to recordings from the “black box” in Washington. Both Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira were killed in the attack. The flight recorder was found after the French daily Le Monde published details of a police report which says that the UN had been sent the device a few months after the crash. UN officials said its air safety experts locked the device away at that time after concluding it could not have been in an air crash because it was in “pristine condition”. Their findings were not reported to senior peacekeeping officials. Full Story

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