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Both 'black boxes' found in plane crash: Russian official

Sun Apr 11 04:22:10 EST 2010
Sat Apr 10 18:22:10 UTC 2010

MOSCOW, Russia, April 10 AFP - Authorities have found both "black box" flight recorders from the plane that crashed on Saturday in western Russia, killing Poland's president, Russian Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu says.

"Both the data and the voice recorders were found at the crash site. The analysis of them, which will shed light on the reasons for the disaster, has already begun," Shoigu was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Such recorders are often called "black boxes" and are used to reconstruct the chain of events that led to a crash.

Officials have said a total of 96 people were aboard the plane, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski and other top officials from his country.

All of them are believed to be dead.