16, not 17 bodies recovered from Air France crash

9th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

The French navy recovered seven bodies instead eight bringing the total to 16 bodies and not 17 as previously announced.

Recife- A total of 16 bodies, and not 17 as previously announced, were recovered over the weekend from the Atlantic site where an Air France jet came down on 1 June, Brazilian military officials said Monday.

Their correction came after a French navy vessel handed over seven bodies to the crew of a Brazilian frigate, instead of eight as had been expected, Brazilian navy spokesman Captain Guicemar Tabosa told reporters.

That Brazilian frigate, which already had nine recovered bodies on board, was to arrive in the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha early Tuesday, he said.

From there, the bodies were to be flown to the mainland.

A Brazilian air force spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Munhoz, said that because of the mistake over the number of bodies recovered so far, "from now on we will only inform the press of bodies recovered by Brazilian crews."

He did not explain why there had been an initial discrepancy in the numbers.

But Munhoz added that the genders of the victims would no longer be given after revealing on Sunday it that was impossible to immediately determine for some of the remains found.

Identification was to take place in the Brazilian mainland city of Recife using dental records and DNA samples taken from relatives.

Air France flight AF 447 came down as it was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board. The cause of the accident is not known.

AFP / Expatica

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