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13:41, June 15, 2009

49 bodies retrieved so far from doomed Air France jetliner: Brazil

A total of 49 bodies had so far been recovered from the Air France passenger plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two weeks ago, the Brazilian navy said on Sunday.


Debris of the missing Air France flight 447, recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, arrives at Recife's port June 14, 2009. An Air France Airbus 330 crashed into the sea on June 1 en route from Brazil to Paris, killing all 228 aboard.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Six more bodies had been picked up at sea by the French navy ship Mistral, Brazilian military spokesman general Ramon Cardoso said at a press conference in Recife.

The Brazilian side had revised the number of recovered corpses from previously declared 44 to 43 before the new findings.

Cardoso said the search will continue until there is no hope to recover any more remains of the victims.


Debris of the missing Air France flight 447, recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, arrives at Recife's port June 14, 2009. An Air France Airbus 330 crashed into the sea on June 1 en route from Brazil to Paris, killing all 228 aboard. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


Meanwhile, no progress was made on forensic analysis in Recife, as none of the bodies sent there has been identified so far. The identification work might stretch for two months, said French ambassador to Brazil Pierre-Jean Vandoorne.

The Air France Flight 447 went down over the Atlantic Ocean on the night from May 31 to June 1 with 228 people on board.

Source: Xinhua


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