June 6, 2009 / 5:10 PM / 9 years ago

UPDATE 1-Brazil crews find 2 bodies from Air France flight

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RECIFE, Brazil, June 6 (Reuters) - Search crews found two male bodies on Saturday morning from the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic earlier this week, a Brazilian air force spokesman said.

The first bodies from the crash were found along with debris that came from the doomed flight, spokesman Jorge Amaral told reporters in the northeastern city of Recife.

“This morning at 8:14 a.m., we confirmed the rescue from the water of pieces and bodies that belonged to the Air France flight,” Amaral said.

Among the debris retrieved on Saturday was a seat with a serial number that matched the missing flight, a rucksack, and a case with an Air France ticket inside, rescue officials said.

Brazil’s air force has been scouring a swathe of the Atlantic about 680 miles (1,100 km) northeast of Brazil’s coast since Monday’s crash, which killed all 228 people on board.

Several Brazilian navy ships have also arrived in the area, but fears have grown that many bodies sank or were devoured by sharks.

It was the the world’s deadliest air disaster since 2001 and the worst in Air France’s 75-year history. (Reporting by Fernando Exman in Recife; Writing by Stuart Grudgings; editing by Eric Beech)

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