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Body of Flight 447 pilot found

SEARCH crews in the mid-Atlantic have retrieved the bodies of the chief pilot of Flight 447 and a flight attendant, Air France said yesterday.

The two are among 50 bodies pulled out of the ocean in the search for remains of the 228 victims and wreckage of the May 31 crash.

Air France said the pilot and male flight attendant have been identified but did not release their names. A pilots' union named the flight captain as Frenchman Marc Dubois.

Earlier this week the international police agency Interpol said 11 of the 50 bodies retrieved had been identified: eight Brazilians, one with joint Brazilian-German citizenship, one Brazilian-Swiss and a Briton.

The Airbus A330 plane came down in the Atlantic after running into thunderstorms en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The Brazilian military has led search and recovery efforts for bodies and debris, while the French lead a probe into the crash and the hunt for the flight recorders.


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