Air France Tail Found

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 8, 2009 1:33 PM CDT
Brazil Navy sailors recover debris from the missing Air France jet.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Brazilian searchers found a large tail section from an Air France jet today, one of the biggest pieces yet recovered from wreckage that could help narrow the search for Flight 447's black boxes. A US Navy team is bringing in high-tech underwater listening devices to detect pings from the data and voice recorders. Brazilian and French military ships had so far recovered 16 bodies and large amounts of plane wreckage—reduced from the 17 reported yesterday.

All the wreckage has been found bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean; the Brazilians don't have the means of locating underwater debris. Two US Navy devices that can detect emergency beacons to a depth of 20,000 feet are being flown to Brazil with a Navy team, according to the Pentagon. Authorities also announced that searchers spotted two airplane seats and debris with Air France's logo.