French locate black boxes after Airbus crash

PERPIGNAN, France (AP) -- A French prosecutor says searchers have located the flight recorders of an Airbus A320 passenger jet that crashed off France's southern coast, killing two people and leaving five missing.

Assistant prosecutor Dominique Alzeari in Perpignan says divers are gradually locating the wreckage but won't be able to retrieve the black boxes until the weekend. The search was continuing despite choppy seas.

The search for survivors was halted Friday morning, a day after the plane plunged into the Mediterranean while approaching Perpignan's airport.

The CEO of jet owner Air New Zealand says two Germans and five New Zealanders were on the maintenance flight. The plane was leased to charter airline XL Airways Germany.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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