Wreckage confirms plane crash

2009-06-02 22:55

Fernando de Noronha - Brazilian military planes found a 5km path of wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that an Air France jet carrying 228 people crashed in the sea, Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said on Tuesday.

Jobim said the discovery "confirms that the plane went down in that area" hundreds of kilometres from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

He said the strip of wreckage included metallic and non-metallic pieces, but did not describe them in detail. No bodies were spotted in the crash of the Airbus in which all aboard are believed to have died.

The discovery came just hours after authorities announced they had found an airplane seat, an orange buoy and signs of fuel in a part of the Atlantic Ocean with depths of up to 4 800m.