Last body from Air France crash off Brazil identified

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The last of the 50 bodies recovered from Air France's worst disaster, a still-unexplained crash in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, has been identified, Brazilian officials said.

Rio de Janeiro - The last of the 50 bodies recovered from Air France's worst disaster, a still-unexplained crash in the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil, has been identified, Brazilian officials said.

DNA tests on the remains of a male corresponded to a non-Brazilian passenger among the 228 people who were on flight AF 447 when it went down on 1 June, the officials from the northern Brazilian state of Pernambuco said in a statement late Thursday.

His family was informed but, as with other bodies recovered, the identity was not publicly released.

Although all 228 people on the plane died, only 50 bodies were recovered in an intensive month-long air and sea operation involving Brazilian, French, Spanish and US military personnel.

They comprised 20 Brazilians (12 males and eight females) and 30 other nationals (13 males and 17 females).

The passenger list was made up of 32 nationalities, with 72 French, 59 Brazilians and 26 Germans making up the biggest groups.

The tragedy of flight 447, flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, remains mysterious.

Although a series of data alerts signaling catastrophic failure were sent in the plane's final minutes, no mayday call was received from the pilots.

A search is ongoing for the Airbus A330's two black boxes, even though they have long since ceased to emit their homing beacons.

The second phase of the underwater sweeps, carried out with a French research submarine, was due to end on 22 August. But Airbus has said it is prepared to spend an estimated EUR 20 million (USD 29 million) to extend that by three months.

"We want to know what exactly happened," Airbus chief executive Thomas Enders told France's La Tribune newspaper on 30 July.

Speculation that the crash was caused by malfunctioning air-speed sensors called Pitot tubes has shaken Airbus. French investigators of the accident believe faulty data from the sensors contributed to the crash.

Air France is currently replacing the sensors on its long-haul A330 and A340 aircraft with US-made devices after several reported problems with the original ones built by French industrial group Thales.

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