18 Jul 2009

Crashed Air France passengers did not drown

11:00 am on 18 July 2009

Post-mortems carried out on bodies recovered from an Air France plane crash off the coast of Brazil show the victims did not drown.

All 228 people on board died when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on 1 June en route from Rio to Paris.

According to French investigators leading the inquiry into the crash of Flight AF447, examinations of 50 bodies recovered from the crash revealed they did not die by drowning.

The investigators did not offer an alternative explanation. Earlier this month, they said the plane was intact when it hit the ocean.

French submarines will next week begin a second phase of searches for the black box flight recorders which may reveal the cause of the crash.