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article imageAF 447: bodies of victims found, speed detectors to be replaced

By Michael Cosgrove     Jun 6, 2009 in World
After five days of searching, the Brazilian Air Force has reported finding two bodies, said to be those of victims of the crash, as well as a backpack containing an Air France flight ticket and a laptop computer.
The statement reads;
“We had confirmation this morning of the discovery and recovery of debris and bodies from AF447.” The statement went on to say that the bodies were those of two males.
The Brazilian Air Force also said that after previous erroneous reports concerning the discovery of debris it had prevented the information from being announced until personnel had actually retrieved the evidence and verified that the bodies and objects found had every possibility of being from AF447 .
An aircraft passenger seat was said to have been found first, followed by the two bodies, the backpack and a leather briefcase.
The seat is blue, and the colour seems to be that of Air France seats, said the spokesman. Confirmation of the serial number found on it is being awaited from Air France.
There have been three other developments of note today concerning the investigation into the cause of the crash.
The first is that a total of 24 messages were sent by the plane in the last five minutes before it went down, and they concerned the breakdown of systems.
Paul-Louis Arslanian, the Director of the BEA, the French authority charged with the investigation, said that "The idea of a bomb aboard is not being excluded, but it is not coherent with the elements at the disposal of the investigators. (A bomb) Would really be surprising."
It has also been revealed by the BEA that they do not believe that the weather at the time of the crash was exceptional for June. Although a "Powerful cumulo-nimbus formation with decreasing intensity" had been detected in the zone that the plane was to cross.
Finally, Airbus has announced the acceleration of plans to replace faulty speed detectors in 300-220 planes. Those are the detectors that were found to give differing speed readings in emergency messages generated by the plane. This anomaly has been known to exist for a year. Readings indicated differing speeds that ranged from too flying too fast for the weather conditions or too slow. DEA officials say that that that equipment is probably not a direct contributing factor in the crash given the multi-system breakdown.
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