Saturday, June 27, 2009
Brazil has ceased searching for floating debris and bodies from Air France Flight 447. The Airbus A330 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 26 days ago, on June 1.
51 bodies from the 228 passengers and crew have been recovered, with most remaining unidentified. 600 pieces of wreckage have also been pulled from the sea. However, the Brazilian Air Force said that the chances of finding anything else was slim as it was nine days since the last corpse was found.
French naval vessels, including a nuclear submarine, are continueing their search for the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. The recorders are due to continue to emit locator beacons until at least July 2.
France's Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation Civile (BEA) is due to release a preliminary report on the same date. Speculation is blaming a failure of the pitot-static tubes, which serve as speed sensors, but the BEA is warning against early conclusions regarding the cause of the accident, the worst in the airline's history.
== Related news ==
"Air France jet with 228 on board goes missing" — Wikinews, June 1, 2009
== Sources ==
"Brazil ends search for passenger bodies, wreckage of flight AF 447" — Xinhua, June 27, 2009
"Brazil calls off search for Air France victims, but France continues" — Deutsche Welle, June 27, 2009
"Search ends for Air France dead" — BBC News Online, June 27, 2009