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Investigators scour through debris at Air Algerie crash site

Published on Jul 27, 2014 7:52 PM
 
A French soldier and a journalist look at debris of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. French investigators on Sunday, July 27 scoured through the debris of a shattered Air Algerie jetliner in Mali's remote desert north to get to the cause of the third global air disaster in eight days. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BAMAKO (AFP) - French investigators on Sunday scoured through the debris of a shattered Air Algerie jetliner in Mali's remote desert north to get to the cause of the third global air disaster in eight days.

Experts from France's Bureau of Investigations and Analyses agency (BEA) that probes air accidents arrived at the site late Saturday and began their delicate task. "They will try to glean the maximum information," BEA chief Remi Jouty said in Paris.

Their work will take a "few days", he said, adding that they will examine the plane's data flight recorders and any other information including the prevailing weather conditions at the time. "It is too early to make any conjecture" about the reason for the crash, he said.

French President Francois Hollande, who met families of some of the victims in Paris on Saturday, said the bodies of all 118 victims would be repatriated to France and a memorial would be erected at the site.

 
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