Air France Searchers Recover 75 Bodies

Crash victims pulled from wreckage could be preserved by icy depths
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2011 12:00 PM CDT
Air France Flight 447: Search Teams Pull 75 Bodies From Plane Wreckage
Relatives of victims of the 2009 Air France flight 447 accident arrive on a bus to attend a mass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, June 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

A French search team has pulled another 75 victims of the Air France Flight 447 crash out of the briny depths in recent days, a spokesman for the French military police said today. He would not say what condition the bodies were in, but Reuters notes that the first two bodies recovered from the crash—who were found still strapped to their airline seats at a depth of 12,800 feet—were well-preserved thanks to the icy temperatures at that depth.

“Seventy-five bodies have been brought up but operations are still going on and we'll have to wait for the end of the search for a final figure,” the spokesman said. All 228 people aboard the flight were killed in the mysterious crash, but only 50 bodies were found floating in the water; the rest are believed to be with the recently discovered main part of the plane's wreckage. (Read more Air France Flight 447 stories.)

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