First Bodies Recovered From Air France Plane Wreck

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Uploaded on May 06, 2011 by newsydotcom

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Families and friends of those lost in the crash of Air France flight 447are now reliving the pain that has been buried for nearly two years.

“Search teams have retrieved a body from the wreckage of an Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009. The remains still attached to the seat were recovered from a depth of about 12,000 feet and will be sent to a lab for DNA analysis.” (CNN)

The plane was heading from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it crashed in June 2009, claiming the lives of all 228 passengers. About 50 bodies were found after the crash, but the rest have been at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for almost two years. But families have mixed feelings about recovering the bodies of their loved ones.

The Guardian explains the difficulties saying: “The quest to recover bodies from the ocean is controversial among victims' families. Some fear it will further traumatise relatives, others are concerned about the state of the remains two years after the crash.”


A man whose daughter and son-in-law were killed in the crash tells The Times:

“I was not favourable ... The idea that they are manipulating these bodies tied to their seats... The ocean is their tomb, their destiny took them there.”

But The Times also reports the president of a family support group in Brazil welcomes the efforts saying,

"We will at last be able to bury them. We are going to reach a conclusion about what happened."

The Telegraph reports it was the French court’s decision to retrieve the bodies “for the purposes of the investigation and to return them to families.”

But according to France 24, the operation might not succeed.

“The headquarters put out a statement saying that there are high uncertainties about the feasibility of continuing with this process. They will be trying over the next few days to raise more bodies, but they are emphasizing that this is a very difficult and unprecedented operation.”

A spokesperson for the operation explains to Sky News:

"It's difficult because the bodies are well preserved on the seabed with the pressure and the temperature, but bringing them up through warmer water causes decomposition.”

The cause of the plane crash is still unsolved, but aviation officials are working on retrieving data from two black boxes found within the past five days.

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