PARIS - The bodies of 104 victims of an Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean two years ago will arrive in France on Thursday, starting what promises to be a long process of identification.
Families of the victims have been divided over whether to retrieve the bodies of their kin, or leave them on the seabed where they have been relatively well preserved due to cold temperatures and high water pressure.
French search teams brought up 104 out of 228 victims from the Air France flight A447 to Paris, which plunged into the sea en route from Rio de Janeiro on June 1, 2009. Some 50 bodies were found floating in the sea in the days after the crash. The remainder will remain submerged.