Missing Air France Jet Found In Ocean Wreckage from an Air France airliner that crashed in the Atlantic two years ago has now been found at the bottom of the ocean. The French government says large parts of the fuselage, the engines and even identifiable bodies have been found nearly 2.5 miles down in an area known as the mid-ocean ridge. There have been three previous attempts to find the aircraft, which crashed with 228 people on board during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009.
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Missing Air France Jet Found In Ocean

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Wreckage from an Air France airliner that crashed in the Atlantic two years ago has now been found at the bottom of the ocean. The French government says large parts of the fuselage, the engines and even identifiable bodies have been found nearly 2.5 miles down in an area known as the mid-ocean ridge. There have been three previous attempts to find the aircraft, which crashed with 228 people on board during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

Eleanor Beardsley has the latest.

ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: French Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said work would begin immediately to bring the plane to the surface.

NORRIS: (Through translator) In the next few weeks, we'll begin the phase of bringing up the pieces of the plane,and of the bodies we have seen. They will be brought to the surface and identified.

BEARDSLEY: Leron Lame(ph), who lost his brother in the crash, says the news is unsettling.

NORRIS: (Through translator) I just wasn't expecting someone to tell me that two years later, my brother might be brought out of the water. It's psychologically disturbing. I thought I had done my grieving but now, I don't think it's over yet.

BEARDSLEY: Although much time and expense has been devoted to this investigation, aviation columnist Pierre Sparaco says the world's flight safety community cannot accept an unexplained accident.

NORRIS: Of course, when there is an accident, there are lessons to be learned. And if there is no lesson simply because there is no conclusion, it's a nightmare for everyone.

BEARDSLEY: Sparaco says this investigation has been particularly difficult because up 'til now, there was little to go on - only limited wreckage, and no radio traffic because the plane was out of range when it crashed. He says that's why finding the cockpit voice and data recorders, the so-called black boxes, is so important.

NORRIS: (Foreign language spoken)

BEARDSLEY: For NPR News, I'm Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.

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