Searchers See More Debris From Air France Crash

Weather alone can't explain crash: aviation analyst
By A Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2009 2:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Searchers spotted more wreckage today from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week with 228 people aboard. A team of international aircraft discovered four fields of metallic debris and a 12-mile fuel slick some 220 miles off the Brazilian coast, the Washington Post reports. Lighter plane parts may flow in currents to Africa by next week.

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France is sending an oceanographic ship that can deploy submarines to the ocean’s bottom—about 9,800 feet in the area—to search for the Airbus A330’s black box; such a mission has never before been accomplished. Aviation specialists haven’t ruled out any causes, but downplayed the role of a strong thunderstorm, noting that modern aircraft routinely overcome such hindrances. (Read more Brazil stories.)

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