Robots Find Many of the Missing Bodies Amid Wreckage of Air France Flight 447

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"We have very clear images of the engine and fuselage and the underbelly of the plane. I understand there are bodies, but I haven't seen any of those photos," said Gallo, who was there when the Woods Hole ship sailed from a Brazilian port and is now back in his office on Cape Cod. Scientists on the ship are not allowed to speak about what they have seen.

Next Stage Includes ROVs

Gallo said his team's mission is complete. The next phase is for a new team of experts to come in using remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs. Those machines can lift heavy objects, including the fuselage. Both of the black boxes -- one that would have recorded cockpit conversations and one that would contain data regarding speed and location -- would be located in the tail of that particular type of plane.

"The whole area is being treated like a crime scene," Gallo said. "It's in the hands of the French judicial system now. Right now I'm not allowed to communicate with the ship."

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