15 Aug 2007

Ship with submarine to be sent to French Polynesian plane crash site

9:12 am on 15 August 2007

The French interior ministry says the government has decided to send a ship equipped with a small submarine to the site of last week's plane crash in French Polynesia.

This is part of efforts to recover the wreck of the Air Moorea Twin Otter which is about 450 meters under water and believed to still have six bodies inside.

The vessel to be sent is the Ile de Re currently in New Caledonia.

The French authorities have also asked the US to send a large ship to Moorea to help in the recovery of the plane and its voice recorder.

It's not known what caused the plane crash which killed 20 people.