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Search for AF447: More bodies found as focus shifts to plane's sensors

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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian naval vessels picked up 15 more corpses in the mid-Atlantic on Sunday, providing what military officials say is conclusive proof that a missing Air France Airbus crashed while on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris last Sunday night.

The 15 bodies were being taken along with two others fished from the sea on Saturday to Fernando de Noronha, the Brazilian archipelago where much of the search operation is based. They are expected to arrive there Tuesday before being transferred to the city of Recife, where medical and forensics teams are waiting to examine them.

In addition, “hundreds” of other belongings and personal items were located by Brazilian naval teams and are being looked after for delivery to the families, Lt. Col. Henry Munhoz said.Colonel Munhoz said the finds conclusively showed the Air France jet went down a week ago Sunday night, and they hope it will dampen speculation over what exactly happened to the plane.

Focus shifts to plane's sensors

But, for many worldwide, curiosity has yet to abate, and the investigation is now focusing on whether external instruments on the Airbus A330 may have iced over, causing pilots to set the aircraft at a dangerous speed.

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