First Air France Bodies Found

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2009 12:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Brazilian Air Force has recovered the first two bodies from the Air France crash, the BBC reports. They also found a suitcase and a backback with a laptop inside. “We confirm the recovery from the water debris and bodies from the Air France plane," an air force spokesman said. “We can't give more information without confirming what we have.” The remains were recovered this morning, and experts are on their way to investigate.

Searchers also found a seat in the water, but there's no confirmation that it's from Flight 447. The remains were found about 600 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands, off Brazil's northern coast. All 228 people are believed to have perished in the flight from Rio to Paris.
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