Air France crash salvage mission ends

Jun 08 2011

Salvage teams have finished retrieving bodies and wreckage from an Air France plane which crashed into the Atlantic in 2009.

Spokesman for the victims' relatives Philippe Vinogradoff said 104 bodies - all that were deemed recoverable - had been hauled up from a depth of 3,900m (12,800ft).

They will be taken to a mortuary in France for identification.

All 228 passengers on board the Airbus died in the crash.

Around 50 bodies were found floating on the surface in the immediate aftermath of the accident on 1 June 2009.

However, most went down with the plane and were lost until salvage crews located the wreckage in April this year.

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