Although no bodies have been found yet in the wreckage of what is believed to be Air France flight 447, the discovery has allowed some relatives to begin mourning.
They have been arriving in their dozens at the Rio de Janeiro hotel where an emergency centre has been set up to offer help, information and counselling. Priest Jan Kaleta said: “We are offering words of comfort. We prayed yesterday, and I prayed today as well. We prayed for all of them because we don’t know exactly what happened, but we want to give support to those that are suffering during this very difficult time for all of us.” A hotel by Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport is also being used for the same purpose. If no survivors are found, this will be the world’s worst passenger jet crash since November 2001 when an American Airlines plane came down in New York, killing 265 people.