Photos: Grim search for crash site

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  1. A group of Brazilian soldiers unload the first bodies of the Air France AF 447 crash victims at Fernando de Noronha air base, in Fernando de Noronha island, Brazil, June 9. (Sebastiao Moreira / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A Brazilian Navy team recovers the stabilizer from the crashed Air France jet in Atlantic waters on Monday, June 8. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A French team aboard a dinghy returns with crash debris to the French frigate "Ventose." (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A Brazilian crew collects debris from Air France Flight 447 in Atlantic waters. (Brazilian Air Force / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. People gather outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris for an ecumenical service on Wednesday, June 3, for the victims of Air France's Flight 447. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. These Air France flight attendants and employees were among the thousands at the service outside Notre Dame on Wednesday. (Boris Horvat / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, center, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon arrive at Notre Dame for the service Wednesday. (Bob Edme / Pool via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A fuel slick believed to be from Air France Flight 447 is seen on Tuesday, June 2, in the open Atlantic Ocean some 745 miles northeast of Recife, Brazil. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. An infrared satellite image shows the weather conditions over the Atlantic Ocean early June 1 shortly before the ill-fated Air France plane disappeared from radar. (EUMETSAT via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. A crew member aboard a French search aircraft scans the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, June 2, for signs of the Air France jetliner. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A crew member monitors instruments aboard a Breguet Atlantique aircraft in a photo released by the French Defense Ministry. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Nelson Marinho holds a photo of his son Nelson Marinho, seen with his family, a passenger on Air France flight 447, Wednesday, June 3. (Patricia Santos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Mariana Carvalho holds a photo of her friend Adriana Moreira, a passenger on Air France flight, Wednesday, June 3. (Patricia Santos / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Journalists hold a photo of Lucas Gagriano Juca, 24, a Brazilian passenger of the missing jet in front of a hotel in Rio de Janeiro where Air France is assisting the families. (Silvia Izquierdo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. French national soccer team players wear black armbands as they observe a minute of silence at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne to honor the victims of Flight 447. (Robert Pratta / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Distraught relatives and friends of passengers on the lost flight arrive at crisis center at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris on Monday, June 1. (Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Family and friends of passengers who were aboard the flight gather at Rio de Janeiro's airport. (Daniel Ramalho / Polaris) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 6/1/2010 1:42:43 PM ET 2010-06-01T17:42:43

Families mourned in more than a dozen languages and the Air France choir performed Verdi's Requiem in a ceremony Tuesday honoring the 228 people killed when a Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight crashed into the Atlantic Ocean a year ago.

Robert Soulas was one of about 1,000 relatives attending a ceremony at the Paris Floral Park and the unveiling of a monument to honor the victims of Flight 447 at the French capital's renowned Pere Lachaise cemetery.

He told The Associated Press that his biggest hope is that the flight recorders are found, and with them answers.

"Our emotion is more intense than ever because we don't have many answers," said Soulas, who lost his daughter in the crash.

Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau promised that the investigation into why the plane crashed will continue. He said he will set up a group to meet regularly with families to inform them of progress.

Tuesday's ceremony was translated into 15 languages, and texts were read by a rabbi, a priest, a pastor, an imam, as well as relatives and Air France personnel.

In the afternoon, flowers were laid at a monument inscribed with 228 birds, representing the victims. A similar memorial was inaugurated last year in Rio de Janeiro.

The flight crashed June 1, 2009 after running into a strong thunderstorm.

A third, euro13 million ($15.8 million) search effort ended last week and failed to find the flight recorders.

Search teams have failed to find the "black box" voice and data recorders. Without those, investigators may never learn why the plane crashed in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean, in depths of up to 4,000 meters (13,120 feet).

Automatic messages sent by the plane's computers just before it crashed show it was receiving false air speed readings from airplane sensors known as Pitot tubes. Investigators have insisted that the crash was likely caused by a series of failures and not just the Pitot tubes.

Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon and President Jean-Cyril Spinetta were present along with 200 Air France staff.

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