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Investigators piece together wreckage from doomed Air France jet

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Video by Catherine VIETTE

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-07-28

With the black boxes still missing, investigators are combing through the wreckage of Air France flight 447, hoping to find clues as to what caused last month's crash over the Atlantic Ocean. They are piecing through over 650 pieces of debris.

French investigators looking into the crash of Air France flight 447 on June 1 said this month that an initial study of crash debris showed the plane was intact when it hit the Atlantic Ocean. The cause of the crash, however, is still unknown.

 

The flight's black boxes have never been found. Over the next few months, four experts will be analysing all the wreckage, which so far includes 650 pieces of debris.

According to Lieutenant-Colonel Xavier Mulot, chief investigator for AF flight 447, "We're expecting a lot from this study because, thanks to the way the debris was broken and traces of burns, it'll eventually allow us to understand what happened."

Aeronautical specialists are combing through hundreds of pages of documents, examining everything from flight records to mechanical inspections.

They are also reviewing a map showing where the passengers were seated during the flight, with the seat assignments of the 51 bodies recovered marked in colour.

Since the tragedy occured, investigators have come up with more than 200 documents for their files.
  
Families of the victims of last month's crash have registered as civil plaintiffs in the French courts to gain access to the case files, officials said on Thursday.
 
The head of an association representing families of those killed in the crash of flight 447 had earlier this month accused Air France of keeping relatives in the dark about the accident.

 

Date created : 2009-07-24

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