JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Officials from four nations Monday ended a search for possible survivors of a South African Airways jumbo jet crash.
By Monday afternoon, only nine bodies or parts of bodies, all unidentified, had been found. Officials said most of the bodies were mutilated, presumably by sharks, and that there was no hope anyone could have survived.
The search continued for the flight recorder and other wreckage of the Boeing 747, which went down in the Indian Ocean on Saturday with 160 people aboard just before it was due to land for refueling in Mauritius on its way from Taiwan to Johannesburg. The pilot had reported smoke in the cabin.
The lone American aboard the flight was identified from a passenger list as William G. Murless. The airline did not release his hometown. Passengers came from 12 countries.