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6:01 am
Fri June 12, 2009

3 more bodies found from lost Air France jetliner

RECIFE, Brazil – A Brazilian ship has recovered three more bodies as the search continues for victims from Air France Flight 447.

That makes 44 bodies that have been retrieved from the Airbus 330 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean May 31 while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

Authorities hope identifying the bodies will help them determine whether the plane broke up in midair by allowing them to match seating assignment with location of body recovery.

However, searchers say weather and currents are making their job increasingly difficult. They warn it's unlikely that all of the dead will be found.

Brazil's military will decide next week whether to halt the search for bodies on June 19.