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Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

  • This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows soldiers at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

    This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows soldiers at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

  • This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows  a man at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014, by the Burkina Faso Military shows a man at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

  • This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014, by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site,  in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014, by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site, in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

  • French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, center, flanked by French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and transport minister Frederic Cuvillier, left,  addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based.  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, center, flanked by French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and transport minister Frederic Cuvillier, left, addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  • French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based. The drawing projected at right shows the means used for the searches by French Army. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based. The drawing projected at right shows the means used for the searches by French Army. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site,  in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014, by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site, in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

    This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014, by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)

  • This photo provided Friday, July 25, 2014 by the French army shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

    This photo provided Friday, July 25, 2014 by the French army shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

  • This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows soldiers at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)
  • This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows  a man at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)
  • This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)
  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site,  in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)
  • French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, center, flanked by French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, and transport minister Frederic Cuvillier, left,  addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based.  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
  • French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian addresses reporters during a press conference held at the foreign ministry in Paris, Friday July 25, 2014 after a plane crashed in Mali. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French. One of two black boxes was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, and was taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French contingent is based. The drawing projected at right shows the means used for the searches by French Army. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows a part of the plane at the crash site,  in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)
  •  This photo provided on Friday, July 25, 2014,  by the Burkina Faso Military shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/Burkina Faso Military)
  • This photo provided Friday, July 25, 2014 by the French army shows the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French. (AP Photo/ECPAD)

French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali yesterday, officials said. Terrorism hasn’t been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all 118 people onboard is bad weather.

More than 200 troops are guarding the site before French accident and criminal investigators arrive today in the area, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The debris field is in a concentrated area in the Gossi region of Mali near the border with Burkina Faso “in a zone of savannah and sand with very difficult access, especially in this rainy season,” Fabius said at a news conference in Paris with the defense and transport ministers.

French government officials, including the President Francois Hollande and Fabius, increased the death toll to 118, and raising the number of French killed to 54 from 51. Air Algerie and private Spanish airline Swiftair, which was operating Flight 5017, said Thursday there were 116 people onboard.

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