Debris confirms Air France jet crashed in ocean

the Air France Airbus 330-200 that has been reported missing

the Air France Airbus 330-200 that has been reported missing

Large amounts of debris found floating in the Atlantic confirm an Air France plane that disappeared while flying from Brazil to Paris crashed into the ocean, Brazil’s defence minister said Tuesday.

Nelson Jobim told a news conference that the five-kilometre path of wreckage found earlier in the day is “without a doubt” from the Airbus A330, which was carrying 228 people when it vanished over the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night.

Brazilian search planes have spotted possible debris from Air France Flight 447 about 650 kilometres northeast of the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha

Brazilian search planes have spotted possible debris from Air France Flight 447 about 650 kilometres northeast of the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha

Searchers in planes spotted the debris — including an orange life-vest, a small white piece of metal and what is believed to be an airliner seat — at about 1:30 a.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET) Tuesday.

There were no signs of any lifeboats, survivors or bodies.

French officials have said there is little chance of finding any survivors. Police are studying passenger lists and preparing to take DNA from passengers’ relatives to help identify any retrieved remains.

Among the 216 passengers and 12 crew was Brad Clemes, 49, a Coca-Cola executive who was born and raised in Guelph, Ont., and lived in Belgium.

If there are no survivors, as feared, it would be the world’s deadliest commercial airline disaster since Nov. 12, 2001, when an American Airlines jetliner crashed in the New York City borough of Queens during a flight to the Dominican Republic, killing 265 people.

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~ by anand213 on June 4, 2009.

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