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3 more bodies from jet crash found in Tanzania

THREE more bodies were found off Tanzania, bringing the total to 16, as the French navy arrived yesterday to assist in the search for wreckage and remains from the Yemenia plane that crashed into the Indian Ocean.

Only one person of the 153 on board, a 12-year-old girl, survived the June 30 crash of Yemenia Airways Flight 626 off the coast of Comoros.

Strong ocean currents are believed to have carried debris from the plane and some bodies over 800 kilometers northwest to the shores of Tanzania.

Manzie Mangochie, the district commissioner for Tanzania's Mafia Island, said the French navy arrived with inflatable boats and a helicopter to help with the search.

Thirteen bodies had been recovered in Tanzania by Wednesday, along with debris though to be from an Airbus plane, but the bodies have not been formally identified.

Mangochie said three more were recovered yesterday.

The French are assisting Tanzanian officials with record keeping and identification of the bodies.

Teams members from the French aviation investigation agency BEA and the French navy are also still coordinating the search for the plane's black boxes off the choppy Comoran coast.

Investigators have reportedly concluded that the black boxes - the plane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders - lie in waters too deep for divers.

They are awaiting specialized robots that can operate underwater, which are due to arrive on Sunday in the Comoros.

The flight originated in Paris and was heading to the Comoros via Yemen.

Protesters in France have accused the airline of using good planes on European routes and worse ones on the leg from Yemen to the Comoros.


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