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article imageWreckage from Air France jet lost two years ago found in Atlantic

By Kev Hedges     Apr 3, 2011 in Travel
Investigators searching for the Air France jet that went missing somewhere over the Atlantic, after it had left Rio de Janeiro in June 2009, have found parts of the wreckage.
The new findings are concentrated in one location and hopes of locating the elusive black box are now encouraging. Flight AF447 from the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro bound for Paris lost radio contact suddenly at 0133GMT on June 1, 2009. It had left Rio just two-and-a-half hours earlier. The cause of the crash is still to this day unknown. French investigators resumed another search (the fourth) last month. Their aim was to locate the plane's voice and data recorders.
Investigators in Paris announced they had found the wreckage on Sunday but have not yet revealed details of where exactly it had been located. Airbus, the jet's makers, have said all along that unless the black box is found no one will ever know for sure how the crash happened.
The search for flight AF447 had begun just days after the disappearance documented in Digital Journal at the time. The search has been hampered by the extreme depths of the Atlantic basin that in places lies over 4,000m (13,120ft) deep. The cost of the search has been borne jointly by Air France and makers Airbus. The parts located are not thought to be the flight recorders. Experts have said they may never be found but Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who are leading the search have said, "plane parts have been located and further information will be released later", reports BBC Europe
USA Today has reported that among the 30 nationalities of passengers who perished, most of whom were French, Brazilian or German, there has been growing impatience over the lack of progress in finding the wreckage.
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