Parts of Rio-Paris jet wreckage found: official

3rd April 2011, Comments 0 comments

French investigators said Sunday they found parts of an Air France plane that crashed over the Atlantic while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009, and hoped to locate the black boxes.

"During search operations in the sea carried out in the last 24 hours... the team on board the Alucia located parts of a plane," France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA) said in a statement.

"These elements were identified by BEA investigators as belonging to the wreckage of the A330-203 plane, flight AF 447" that crashed, the statement said.

BEA Director Jean-Paul Troadec also told AFP that investigators have "hope" of finding the plane's black boxes because the debris area was "relatively concentrated."

The crash killed all 228 people on board.

© 2011 AFP

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