Searchers end Paris-Rio crash salvaging

7th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Salvage teams have ended their mission to dredge up bodies and wreckage of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 and will bring them to France next week, authorities said Tuesday.

The BEA aviation authority investigating the crash, in which all 228 people on board died, said in a statement that the salvage ship Ile de Sein ended its deep-sea winching operations on Friday.

It is heading to the Canary Islands and then "in the course of next week" to southwestern France, "where the airplane parts will be transferred to a hangar... in Toulouse and the human remains taken to a forensic mortuary."

The Airbus A330 crashed en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. It took investigators until last month to salvage the plane's black-box flight recorders and some of the bodies from the wreck on the ocean bed.

According to information from the flight data recorders, released earlier by the BEA, the pilots saw conflicting speeds on their instruments as the plane stalled and fell into the sea.

Rescue workers recovered 50 bodies in the days immediately after the crash and at least further 75 bodies in May after locating the wreck.

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

© 2011 AFP

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