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.