Air France Flight Hit Water Intact

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2009 9:04 AM CDT
In this photo released by Brazil's Navy, pieces of debris of the Air France Flight 447 are seen on the Brazil's navy ship Caboclo, at the port of Recife, Brazil, Friday, June 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Brazil's Navy/HO)
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(Newser) – A French investigator says Air France Flight 447 did not break up in flight but plunged vertically into the Atlantic Ocean. Alain Bouillard, leading the investigation into the June 1 crash for the French accident investigation agency BEA, also says life vests found among the wreckage of the plane were not inflated.

Bouillard said at a news conference outside Paris today that the search for the plane's black boxes has been extended by 10 days and will continue through July 10.