Bodies of 104 victims of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic oceans two years ago were retrieved and flown back to France yesterday.

Now the long process of identification will commence in the port of Bayonne, located on the southwest coast of France.

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One of the flights Irish victims, Jane Deasy, a 27-year-old doctor from Rathgar in Dublin, was recovered during the original search operation.

Doctor Aisling Butler, 26, of Roscrea, County Tipperary and Riverdance star Doctor Eithne Walls, 28, from Ballygowan County Down also died in the crash.

The retrieval has sparked controversy among the families bereaved by the crash, who are divided over whether to retrieve the bodies or let them remain undisturbed on the seabed where they have been well preserved due to extremely cold temperatures and high water pressure.

Investigators hope to identify all the bodies with the aid of medical and dental records, and through their DNA.