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Flags at half-mast as France mourns Mali crash victims

Published on Jul 28, 2014 4:59 PM
 

PARIS (AFP) - Flags flew at half-mast in France Monday in mourning for the 118 victims of the Air Algerie plane tragedy, as investigators waited for the black boxes from the crash to arrive.

Thousands of kilometres away on the remote desert site of the accident in Mali, experts were sifting through the remains of the aircraft to try and determine why it plunged to the ground with such force that it completely disintegrated.

"They will try to glean the maximum information," Remi Jouty, head of France's Bureau of Investigations and Analyses agency (BEA), said in Paris.

Their work will take a "few days", he said, adding that the bureau will examine the plane's flight recorders and other information, including the prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Flags flew at half-mast in France on Monday, July 28, 2014, in mourning for the 118 victims of the Air Algerie plane tragedy, as investigators waited for the black boxes from the crash to arrive. -- PHOTO: AFP 
 
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