First bodies from missing French plane found (Lead)

June 7th, 2009 - 3:40 am ICT by IANS  

Brasilia, June 7 (EFE) The Brazilian Navy said Saturday that it recovered two male bodies from the Air France plane that crashed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean last Sunday.
“This morning at 8:14 a.m. local time (1114 GMT) there was confirmation of the recovery at sea of some pieces and bodies from the Airbus of the French airline,” Brazil’s military spokesman Col. Jorge Amaral said.

The plane with 228 people on board was en route to Paris from Rio de Janerio when it disappeared innto the ocean Sunday.

The military official said that there were two unidentified male bodies found and objects that presumably belonged to the airliner, including a seat of the same blue colour used by the French company, bearing the serial number 237011038331-0.

According to Amaral, that number has been transmitted to Air France with the aim of confirming whether it belongs to the Airbus that disappeared in the mid-Atlantic.

Elsewhere, one of the victim’s family members identifying himself as Marco Tulio Moreno told the Globonews TV channel that also recovered on the high seas was a leather briefcase with an Air France ticket and a backpack, which are believed to have belonged to some of the passengers.

The search is being focused within a radius of 220 km from the point where the Airbus is thought to have gone down.

The crash site is caculated at a point near the islands of Sao Pedro and Sao Paulo, uninhabited crags located some 704 km from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha and 1,296 km from Recife.

According to the Brazilian Navy, the bodies and the objects recovered will be taken to Recife, where the work of identifying the remains will be done.

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