11 Casualties from Air France Flight 447 Identified in Brazil

World | June 22, 2009, Monday // 08:11|  views

View of debris from Air France's Airbus A330-200 presented by the Brazilian Air Force in the city of Recife, Brazil, 12 June 2009. Photo by EPA/BGNES

11 bodies of the casualties from the Air France Flight 447, which fell into the Atlantic on May 31 killing 228 people, have been identified.

The authorities in the northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco have announced that the first 11 bodies belonged to five Brazilian men, five Brazilian women, and a man of foreign origin without specifying his nationality.

The medical examiners used dental records, fingerprints and DNA samples used to identify the first 11 of the total of 50 bodies that have been recovered from the ocean so far, BGNES reported.

The authorities have notified the families of the identified casualties as well as the respective foreign embassy but are not going to reveal the identities to the public.

French, US, and Brazilian navies are still searching for the black boxes of the missing Air France plane.


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