Teams recover 75 more bodies from 2009 air crash

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Posted: May 31, 2011 11:46 AM
Teams recover 75 more bodies from 2009 air crash

The French gendarmerie says that 75 more bodies have been pulled from the Atlantic Ocean in the past week, nearly two years after the crash of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

That brings the total number of bodies recovered since June 1, 2009, to 127. All 228 people aboard the plane died.

Two French investigating judges have written to families of victims to tell them that bodies which are too badly damaged will not be recovered to preserve their dignity.

An initial reading of the cockpit and data recorders from the flight show that the Airbus 330 went into an aerodyanamic stall that the pilot could not rectify, perhaps because of incorrect speed readings, and the plane dropped 38,000 feet (11,500 meters) into the ocean in 3 1/2 minutes.