3-Mile Path Of Wreckage Found, Official Says
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil -- Brazilian military planes found a 3-mile path of wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that an Air France jet carrying 228 people crashed in the sea, Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said Tuesday.
Jobim told reporters in Rio de Janeiro that the discovery "confirms that the plane went down in that area," hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.
He said the strip of wreckage included metallic and nonmetallic pieces, but did not describe them in detail. No bodies were spotted in the crash of the Airbus in which all aboard are believed to have died.
The discovery came just hours after authorities announced they had found an airplane an airplane seat, an orange buoy and signs of fuel in a part of the Atlantic Ocean with depths of up to three miles.
Jobim said recovery of the of the plane's cockpit voice and data recorders could be difficult because of the depth of the ocean where the debris was found.
"It's going to be very hard to search for it because it could be at a depth of 2,000 meters or 3,000 meters (2+ miles deep) in that area of the ocean," Jobim said
On the Houston Area Information Forum, an area resident with the user name Cdeb reported that he lost his aunt and uncle on Air France 447: http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/index.php?showtopic=20558&hl=
I and the other HAIFers have offered our condolences. Let us offer moral support and prayers for those affected by the tragedy.
These days if you don't see it with your own eyes you will NEVER know.
One of the things is that eyewitness accounts, in some contexts, may be unreliable. In criminal and investigative circles they are careful with eyewitness accounts.