PICTURE: One of AF447's engines retrieved from sea bed

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One of the two General Electric CF6 engines of the crashed Air France Airbus A330, lost in the South Atlantic two years ago, has been raised from the sea bed.

Salvage efforts have continued following the location of the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders from flight AF447, both of which are en route to the analysis laboratory of French investigation agency Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses.

With the priority task of retrieving the recorders completed, BEA says that it has started recovering structural parts of the twinjet.

It has lifted the avionics bay, with several computer systems from the A330, and one of its CF6 engines - it is unclear whether this is the starboard or port powerplant.

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 © BEA

The recorders have been transferred from the Ile de Sein recovery vessel to a French naval patrol boat, La Capricieuse, which is taking the devices - under the watch of two investigators and a judicial police officer - to Cayenne in French Guiana.

BEA says the patrol boat should arrive in Cayenne on 11 May, from where they will be flown to its headquarters in Paris.