As daylight breaks, 800 rescuers resume search for crash victims in French alps

Officials say a search of the desolate area of the French mountainside could take at least a week following a deadly plane crash.

March 25, 2015 10:15
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A rescue helicopter from the French Securite Civile flies over the French Alps during a rescue operation near the crash site of an Airbus A320.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Rescue teams resumed their search for 150 victims killed in a plane crash in the French alps with search team made up of 775 officers.

According to France's AFP news, the search teams resumed their work at dawn with a large crew, including 680 police and firefighters. According to Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, an additional group of 30 mountain rescue police will be searching the site by helicopter, joined by 65 on-foot police officers.

Menichini said the search will take "at least a week" in order to fully search the area and that it could take "at least several days" for the bodies to be returned to families.

The Germanwings plane was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf when it crashed Tuesday in a desolate area of the French mountainside.

The cause of the crash still remains a mystery, though the plane's black box, which is the plane's cockpit voice recorder, was recovered among debris and is going to be analyzed in Paris.

Another black box was on the plane but has still not been found.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday to RTL radio that all options must be looked into in order to explain why the German Airbus plowed into an Alpine mountainside on Tuesday, though said the possibility of terror-related causes was unlikely.

Cazeneuve added his confirmation that the black box that was found on Tuesday was the cockpit voice recorder, saying that it had been damaged but could still be used to find information.

Among the vicitms of the crash was Israeli Eyal Baum, a 39-year-old from Hod Hasharon who was visiting Europe on a work trip.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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