Alcatel ship to retrieve Air France crash wreckage

PARIS

The French air accident investigation agency says a ship belonging to telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent will help retrieve wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago. They will use a robotic underwater vehicle to do so. The wreckage was discovered earlier this month by a remote controlled submarine searching 3,900 meters (12,800 feet) below the surface.

All 228 people aboard the Airbus aircraft were killed when Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed June 1, 2009. The cause of the crash remains unclear. The number of bodies discovered has not been disclosed.

Investigators say they want to begin bringing the wreckage to the surface within a month.

Will  the  deep sea gravesite  continue to  be the resting place for the casualties or  will they be recovered?  This question will undoubtedly be  proposed to Marine Forensics ethics panels.  The French government will consider  their  input  as well as  cultural traditions and  family requests.

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