French investigators are due to arrive Saturday at the scene of the Air Algerie plane crash in the northwest African country of Mali. In the meantime, more than 200 troops are guarding the site in a desolate and restive region of the country.
Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as the cause, although officials say bad weather is the most likely reason for the crash, which killed all 118 people on board. Nearly half of the victims were French.
Soldiers recovered one of the two flight recorders on Friday. The jet was being operated by the Spanish airline Swiftair.
France's foreign minister says the debris field is in an area that is difficult to reach, "especially in this rainy season." The pilots of the plane, which had been traveling from Burkina Faso to Algeria, had sent a final message asking air controllers to change their route because of heavy rain.