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Associated Press - June 7, 2009 12:43 PM ET

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) - Brazil's navy says it has recovered three more bodies from the ocean near the spot where an Air France jet with 228 people aboard is believed to have crashed a week ago.

Crews have retrieved five bodies thus far.

A Navy official says search pilots have also spotted additional bodies. The official says ships should be able to recover some of them within hours despite rainy weather and poor visibility.

None of the bodies recovered today had documents with them to indicate their identities, and authorities have not specified their gender. The first two bodies, found yesterday, were men.

The three bodies were found about 45 miles from the site where the jet sent out a burst of messages indicating severe problems.

Searchers have also recovered plane debris and personal items belonging to the passengers.

The bodies and wreckage will be transported tomorrow to a staging area on the Brazilian islands of Fernando de Noronha.

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