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Pictures of the latest wreckage recovery were shown at a press conference in Paris yesterday. Christophe Ena/AP/Press Association Images
Air France

Mother awaits news of Irish victim in Air France crash

Irish officials in Paris are in contact with the airline in the hope of recovering the bodies of the two Irish victims who were never found.

THE MOTHER OF one of the three Irish victims of the Air France crash over the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years is hoping her daughter’s body has been found on part of the wreckage that has been uncovered in recent days.

Investigators yesterday revealed that they had found bodies on board a significant part of the wreckage from the Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris which mysteriously went down over the Atlantic on 1 June 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

Three Irish doctors were on board the flight – Aisling Butler, Eithne Walls and Jane Deasy.

Whilst Dublin born Deasy’s body was recovered not long after the crash, the bodies of Roscrea girl Butler and Walls, from Co Down, have never been found.

Now the mother of Aisling Butler is hoping that her daughter’s body will be coming home.

Evelyn Butler told the Irish Daily Mirror she passed out when she heard they had uncovered more of the wreckage including some bodies:

It is really upsetting. It is an ongoing nightmare, there is no other word to describe it.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has told that the Irish embassy in Paris is in “direct contact” with Air France regarding the situation.

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