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07:58, June 10, 2009

13 more bodies from Air France flight 447 recovered



Handout picture released on June 9, 2009 by the Brazilian Navy shows a piece of tailfin of the Air France A330 aircraft that crashed June 1 while in midflight over the Atlantic ocean, being hoisted by a Navy rescue vessel. (Xinhua/Brazilian Air Force/Handout)

Brazil's Air Force announced on Tuesday that the bodies of 13 more passengers aboard the ill-fated Air France Flight 447 were recovered from the sea, bringing to 41 the total bodies found.

According to the Air Force's Lieutenant-Brigadier Ramon Borges Cardoso, 16 of those bodies have already been transported to the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, where technicians from Brazil's Federal Police and the Pernambuco state police started the preliminary identification works.

The remaining 25 bodies are being kept in the Brazilian Navy's Frigate Bosisio, and are already in route to Fernando de Noronha. They are due to arrive on Wednesday.

The preliminary identification works involve the cataloguing of all personal belonging found with the bodies, as well as fingerprint capture and collection of DNA samples. Later on, the bodies will be transported by plane to Recife, the capital city of northeastern Pernambuco state.

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