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Black box found by Mali crash investigators.

FRENCH soldiers have secured one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people, French president Francois Hollande said.

One of the dead was a British person, the Foreign Office con-firmed last night.

Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather.

The black box was recovered near the border with Burkina Faso, and was being taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based, Mr Hollande told reporters after a crisis meeting with top ministers.

"There are, alas, no survivors," Mr Hollande said. "I share the pain of families living through this terrible ordeal."

Nearly half of the passengers aboard the flight were French, many headed on to Europe after arriving in the Algerian capital Algiers from the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou.

Mr Hollande has said France would spare no efforts to uncover the cause of the crash - the third major plane disaster around the world within a week.

"There are hypotheses, notably weather-related, but we don't rule out anything because we want to know what happened," the French president said.

"What we know is that the debris is concentrated in a limited space, but it is too soon to draw conclusions."

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Date:Jul 26, 2014
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