Air France Crash 2009
April 4, 2011 by staff
The Airbus plunged into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio to Paris in June, killing all 228 passengers and crew.
Underwater robots using teams finally spotted a large part of the wreckage on Sunday.
Jean-Paul Troadec, director of the authority of France BEA accident investigation, also said he hoped to find the plane’s black box flight recorders.
“The recorders are located on the fuselage and we are confident we can find the recording – if they remained attached to the fuselage. In this case, it will be easy enough to find the recorders and recover.”
Investigators said there are certainly the body in the wreckage, but they did not say how many.
The victims’ relatives have reacted with mixed feelings.
The fiancee of one said: “It will be painful when they take the body because for almost two years I was convinced that the bodies remain under water, it would be their fate. So this new phase, if they take the body, it will be very painful for families, but perhaps we will also pass through the grieving process more quickly. ”
The Brazilians had recovered some of the bodies at the time, but most have not yet been found. The Minister of Transport of France said the victims’ families will be informed of their findings at another meeting at the end of the week, but no further details would be revealed until then. A memorial for the victims was built in Rio.
France Bureau of Investigation and Analysis told reporters that the researchers hope to find the black boxes, because the debris is scattered in a relatively concentrated area of?? The ocean floor, reports AFP.
Searchers, who had made numerous attempts to locate the remains of the plane, confirmed Sunday that parts of the Airbus were found using submarines.
Today, Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said human remains were found in the wreckage, which included parts of the fuselage intact, Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
The minister is quoted as saying that researchers have found “more than trace amounts” of human remains and that “identification is possible.”
CNN.com reports that some of these bodies will be recovered and brought to the surface. The cause of the crash was not determined.
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