More bodies, wreckage found from Air France AF447June 9th, 2009 - 2:00 am ICT by John Le Fevre
Brazilian military divers and rescue teams have recovered more bodies and wreckage, including a portion of the tail, of downed Air France flight AF447.
Photographs released Monday by the Brazilian military showed a team of divers and sailors on a rubber dinghy tying a rope around what appeared to be the vertical stabilizer from the tail section of the plane.
The part, which bears the trademark stripes and logo of Air France, bore no evident burn marks and retained its triangular shape, save for a chunk missing where it appeared to have been torn from the body of the plane.
Another photograph of recovered debris released by the military showed chunks of orange, white and cream-colored wreckage amid a tangle of wires and crushed tubes, which also showed no signs of burning.
At the same time authorities lowered the count of the number of bodies recovered so far from 17 to 16, while the Pentagon announced a team of American Navy searchers is being flown in along with two devices that can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 6,000 meters (20,000 feet).
The bodies and debris were found floating about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) from the Brazilian coast and include pieces of the aircraft’s wing section, seats, luggage and hundreds of personal items from the passengers and crew.
The exact location of the crash has still not been determined, since ocean currents probably caused the bodies and debris to drift since the crash.
Five Brazilian and French ships, along with 14 aircraft, are combing a defined search area for more wreckage and bodies, but are as yet to locate the two most important pieces of wreckage – the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
Brazilian authorities said the frigate Constituição was carrying the recovered remains and was scheduled to arrive Tuesday at the island of Fernando de Noronha, a few hundred miles from where the search for wreckage is continuing. From there, the remains will be flown to Recife to be examined by forensic and medical experts.
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