U.N. says rediscovered CVR not from Falcon 50 crash

 - March 28, 2007, 12:20 PM

On April 6, 1994, the Rwandan government’s Falcon 50 was shot down over Africa, killing all aboard, including the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The incident sparked a year of genocide in Rwanda. It was never reported if the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder was ever recovered–not until last month, that is. The French newspaper Le Monde broke the story of its existence, after which the United Nations admitted it received a CVR from Rwanda shortly after the accident and locked it away in a filing cabinet believing it was in too good a shape to have been in a crash. Last month, that CVR was rediscovered and given to the NTSB so it could open the device and play the recording. Experts concluded that the box does not belong to the ill-fated business jet because the recording contains a 30-minute cockpit conversation in French.