Search for AF447 recorders' trace scheduled to be called off

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Search teams are scheduled to call off today the current undersea effort to locate the crashed Air France Airbus A330's two flight recorders.

The search had been planned to continue until 10 July, 39 days since the loss of the twin-jet and its 228 occupants.

Vessels including a French nuclear submarine have been attempting to trace the sonic pulses from the transmitters on the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders.

But the transmitters' batteries are likely to have expired and the search is expected to enter a new phase involving the use of deep-sea remote recovery vessels.