Friday, September 18, 1998 Published at 03:09 GMT 04:09 UK
Underwater clue to Swissair disaster
Video shows mangled jagged fuselage
Scientists investigating the cause of the Swissair disaster that killed all 249 people onboard earlier this month think the answer may lie in high-tech debris scattered across the ocean floor.
Chief accident investigator, Vic Gerden, said: "We have a considerable amount of information and we're looking forward to having additional wreckage information to corroborate what we already know."
But he said investigators no longer believe they can rely solely on information from the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders, both of which stopped six minutes before the plane crashed.
Scouring the seabed
However, the pieces of debris are so small and distorted that they are difficult to identify.
"It's a very, very difficult process - time consuming and potentially hazardous if not done right."
Two of the plane's three engines also have been sighted and may provide additional clues about the apparent power failure aboard the plane.
Identifying the passengers
Among the twisted fuselage, the remains of 142 victims have also been found.
But chief medical examiner, Dr John Butt, said the work was far from over.
DNA fingerprints have been taken for the remaining 132 victims, but these still have to be matched with DNA samples from the victims' families.
"We need help from family members in order to make a match. Only they can provide us with the information that can make the link," said Mr Butt.
So far police have received DNA samples from about 80 families .