Over Half Of Those Aboard When The Plane Went Down Have Been
Authorities in France report that an additional 75 bodies have
been recovered from the wreckage of Air France Flight 447, which
went down two years ago on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
127 of the 228 people on board the flight have now been
Multiple media sources including The Voice of America and CNN
are reporting that many of those most recently recovered were still
in the fuselage of the plane. The vice president of the French
victims' association Robert Soulas told CNN that there is still
controversy over bringing the bodies back to the surface. He has
long stated that the remains should be left on the ocean floor.
The Associated Press reports that two of the judges
investigating the incident have told the families that those bodies
which are too badly damaged will not be recovered "to preserve
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, though
recently-released information from the A330s Flight Data and
Cockpit Voice recorders indicate that the aircraft entered a deep
stall from which the pilots were unable to recover. The French
investigation is focusing on possible icing of pitot tubes and
probes as a possible cause of the accident.