“Up to now, we have 13 bodies that we have retrieved from the ocean. We expect to retrieve a total of 16 bodies by the end of the day,” said Peter Kivuyo, assistant commissioner of Tanzania police.
A Reuters witness saw French personnel unload several body bags from a helicopter on Mafia island, lying off the east Africa nation, about 500 km (300 miles) from the crash site.
Yemen’s transport ministry said that another three bodies had been found off the coast of Comoros, but Comoran authorities said that they had recovered no more bodies.
Comoran rescue teams believe most of the dead remain trapped inside the submerged wreck.
Officials say the cause of the crash remains unknown. A French submarine has detected a signal from the plane’s flight recorders, but rescuers say it could take a while to reach the wreck as it is in deep water.
Kivuyo said that Tanzanian authorities handed over the aircraft debris to experts to determine whether they were from the Yemeni plane. It was unclear which parts had been found.