Brazil’s Defence Minister says military aircraft have found wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that an Air France jet carrying 228 passengers crashed in the sea.
Pilots say they have seen aeroplane seats, canisters and oil and kerosene floating on the waves. The debris field is five kilometres long and lies between the islands of Fernando de Noronha and San Pedro and San Paulo. “Its unlikely that the tide has brought these items here, it is not flowing in the right direction. The seats, the oil slick, the pilot’s statement and now the five kilometre trail of debris, it looks like we are in a position to say that it is the Air France Airbus,” Nelson Jobim told reporters. The Airbus A330 was on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it disappeared on Monday. The chances of finding survivors among the 12 crew and 216 passengers of 32 different nationalities appear close to zero, meaning it would be the worst disaster in Air France’s 75-year history.