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Possible Air France Debris Spotted in Atlantic

By VOA News
02 June 2009

Brazilian search planes have spotted aircraft debris in the South Atlantic that could be wreckage from the Air France jetliner that disappeared Monday off Brazil's northeastern coast.

The Brazilian Air Force said Tuesday searchers spotted airplane seats, oil and metal parts about 650 kilometers off the coast. A spokesman said the debris will have to be retrieved and examined for serial numbers or other identification to determine if it is from the missing plane. Brazilian naval ships are not expected in the area until late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The Airbus A330 plane carrying 228 people vanished early Monday, about four hours after departing Rio de Janeiro for Paris. Authorities say Flight 447 had been proceeding normally until then.

Search planes and naval vessels from Brazil, France and Spain scoured vast areas of the Atlantic overnight with special equipment designed to locate the jetliner's flight recorders.

The aircraft was moving out of Brazilian radar contact range when it flew into a tropical storm front stretching from the South American coast to coastal west Africa.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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