Families, airline mark doomed Rio-Paris flight

2nd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ceremonies were held in Brazil and France on Wednesday to mark two years since Air France flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board.

The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009 when, according to information from the recently recovered flight data recorders, the pilots saw conflicting speeds on their instruments as the plane stalled and fell into the sea.

In a private ceremony families of the victims and Air France representatives gathered at the sea front here, while a similar event was held in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the airline said in a statement.

It was only last month that investigators found the main wreckage in deep waters midway between Brazil and west Africa, locating the all-important black boxes.

The last data on the recording devices showed the plane plunged at 10,912 feet (3,300 metres) per minute in a terrifying free fall.

A total of 127 bodies have now been recovered -- 50 in the days immediately after the crash, and the rest at the end of last month.

© 2011 AFP

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