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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-05-31

The remains of 75 people have been recovered in the past few weeks from the wreckage of the Air France Rio-Paris flight that crashed into the Atlantic in June 2009, killing all 228 people on board. A total of 127 bodies have so far been found.

The remains of 75 victims of the Air France Flight 447 crash have been recovered since early May, according to the French support group representing the victims' families. Robert Soulas, the group’s vice president, said the bodies had not yet been identified.

In early May, the French judges overseeing the case stated in a letter that bodies considered too far damaged would not be brought up to the surface.

However, the president of the group representing the Brazilian victims' families, Nelson Marinho, told the daily O Globo that he was “certain that all bodies will be raised,” so that families could “finally be able to bury our dead.”

In all, 127 bodies have been recovered since the airplane crashed into the mid-Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people on board. The plane ran into trouble on its way to Paris, around two hours after it took off from Rio de Janeiro Galeao Airport.

The wreckage was located in March, nearly two years after the accident, during a fourth search operation. The two black box recorders were also identified and recovered.

On Friday, French investigators revealed the first findings from the analysis of the flight recorders. A full report on the crash is not expected until next year.

Since March, the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Air France have been under investigation in connection with the tragic accident.


Date created : 2011-05-31


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