Rio-Paris crash victims' bodies arrive at lab

17th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

The last 104 salvaged bodies from the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 began arriving at a laboratory in Paris on Friday to be identified.

Containers with the bodies arrived in trucks at the Paris Medical-Legal Institute to undergo dental and DNA tests, while some victims' relatives could be seen arriving at the lab on foot.

The bodies, retrieved from the plane wreck from more than 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) under the sea, had arrived Thursday in two refrigerated containers on board a salvage ship at a southern French port and were driven to Paris.

Once identities are confirmed, the remains will be handed over to families for burial, police said in a statement. They expected the process to take up to two weeks.

The plane crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009.

Rescue workers recovered 50 bodies in the days immediately after the crash and a further 104 in recent weeks. More than 70 could not be retrieved over the two years of searching.

Investigators finally salvaged the black-box flight recorders from the wreck on the ocean bed last month.

According to information from the recorders released by the BEA, the French aviation authority investigating the crash, the pilots saw conflicting speeds on their instruments as the plane stalled and fell into the sea.

The BEA is due to deliver a report in July on the causes of the crash.

© 2011 AFP

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