Identification to begin for Air France crash victims

19th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Experts in the Brazilian city of Recife will start the task of identifying the 50 bodies recovered from the crash of Air France flight.

Paris – Experts in the Brazilian city of Recife will start Sunday the task of identifying the 50 bodies recovered from the crash of Air France flight 447, an official close to the inquiry said.

Autopsies have been completed on around half of the bodies recovered from the Atlantic waters off Brazil, where the Rio to Paris flight plunged on 1 June with the loss of all 228 people on board, the official said.

Evidence of scars, surgical or dental operations, tattoos or jewellery, has been recorded in post-mortem files, to be compared with ante-mortem files supplied by passenger relatives in line with Interpol guidelines.

Whenever two files match, specialist teams will be called on to confirm the findings and formally identify the body.

Brazilian and French officials denied Wednesday suggestions that a rift had opened between their teams examining the bodies, saying a lack of coordination seemed to have generated a misunderstanding.

Hundreds of pieces of passengers' belongings and parts of the aircraft have been recovered along with the bodies, from a zone of the Atlantic Ocean 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) off Brazil's northeast coast.

The cause of the air catastrophe -- the worst in the French airline's history -- remains unknown.

AFP / Expatica

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