Reward Posted for El Al ‘black Box’
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Reward Posted for El Al ‘black Box’

Holland is offering a $6,000 reward for the return of the cockpit voice recorder of the El Al Boeing jet that crashed here last month.

Authorities believe it may have been picked up by a souvenir hunter, together with other fragments of the cargo jet, at the site of the Oct. 4 crash in the Bijlmermeer district. The voice recorder could not have been completely destroyed by fire, according to the Dutch government’s aviation authority. It may contain vital information on the last minutes before the crash.

A voice recorder similar to the one being sought has been shown repeatedly on Dutch television. The reward was announced Friday by the director of the government aviation authority, Hendrik Wolleswinkel.

It may take up to nine months before a final report is issued on the causes of the crash, which killed 43 people and destroyed or damaged 160 apartments.