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Recovery of the aircraft and victims was made extremely difficult by the location of the crash. The nearest road of any kind was more than a quarter of a mile (401 m) away from the crash scene, and the location of the crash itself was summarized as deep-water swamp with a bedrock base. The DC-9 shattered on impact with the bedrock, leaving very few large portions of the plane intact. Sawgrass, alligators, and risk of bacterial infection from cuts plagued searchers involved in the recovery effort.
MARGARET WARNER: Now how about recovering the parts of bodies of these victims? How much progress have they made in that regard?
DEREK REVERON: Well, they're recovering parts of bodies, very small parts of bodies. The latest is that they've recovered more than three body bags full of human remains, and they say that the largest human, piece of human remain they've discovered so far is a knee.
The black box was recovered during a carefully plotted grid search of the crash site, as divers continued collecting body parts and bits of aircraft from the swampy mire.
Francis also said it is doubtful that large sections of the plane will be found. The largest piece of wreckage found so far is only 8 feet long. Thus far, no bodies have been located, but searchers have reportedly recovered body parts.
Many of the searchers are calling it the most difficult crash scene they had ever encountered. How to go about the search amid the swamp's sludge has stumped investigators. Twenty-eight rescue experts held a conference call Sunday to discuss methods, but no one could agree on a set plan, Francis said.
A proposal to build temporary dams to drain the area appears to be impractical.
"The porous limestone underneath would just allow the water to come back up again," Francis said. Source
There were concerns about protecting rescue workers trying to extricate bodies and parts of the submerged plane from the water and muck, which together are up to 10 feet deep. Source
Former NTSB member Vernon Grose said the search would probably continue to be difficult because the water was four to five feet deep in the area where the plane crashed. Source
Originally posted by OrionStars
alleged Flight 93.
Originally posted by CaptainObvious
reply to post by OrionStars
Allow me to re- phrase that....
Please provide me proof that the physical evidence (plane parts, body parts, damage to trees, hole in the ground) were all planted. Please also provide proof that the several phone calls that were placed were not real.