'No intact bodies' in grim Air Algerie crash probe
Published on Jul 30, 2014 7:40 PM
GOSSI, Mali (AFP) - Dressed in protective white overalls, French experts sift through the debris of the Air Algerie plane that disintegrated over the northern Mali desert last week, killing all 118 on board.
Yet for days of meticulous searching across the shifting sands of the remote crash site at the southern edge of the Sahara desert, they have yet to see a single intact body.
The nearest town in the desolate landscape where the plane came down is Gossi, a settlement of 25,000 people centred around a cattle market, some 150km from the regional capital, Gao.
In scorching heat, the experts - gendarmes, police and a team from France's plane crash investigation agency BEA - are combing the moonscape one square metre at a time.
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