Two Years After Crash, Air France Wreckage Discovered in Atlantic

Investigators Find Parts of Downed Air France Jet

From Niki Cook, CNN

Paris, France (CNN) — French investigators said Sunday that they have found pieces of the Air France jet that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

Air France Flight 447 disappeared after taking off from Rio de Janeiro on its way to Paris.

France’s air accident investigation agency, the BEA, said that a team — led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution — discovered parts of the aircraft during an underwater search operation conducted within the past 24 hours.

The agency did not immediately say what parts of the jet the team found.

………..Studies of the debris and bodies that were found led the BEA to conclude the plane hit the water belly first, essentially intact. Oxygen masks were not deployed, indicating that the cabin did not depressurize, the BEA said in a 2009 report.

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