Wreckage of AF447 transferred as recovery effort ends

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Wreckage from the crashed Air France Airbus A330 is to be transferred to Toulouse next week after the salvage operation formally concluded.

The recovery vessel for the search, Ile de Sein, ended its work on 3 June and the ship is being demobilised in the Canary Islands.

French investigation agency Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses said the vessel would transfer to Bayonne, a port on the south-western coast, and parts from flight AF447 would be moved to a hangar in Toulouse.

The wreckage would be examined by the French defence ministry's technical aeronautical division. The recovery effort also retrieved several victims of the crash and these will be taken for forensic assessment.