Investigators Find Parts of Downed Air France Jet
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.