Investigators find debris from 2009 Air France crash
April 3rd, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Investigators find debris from 2009 Air France crash

French investigators said Sunday that they have found pieces of the Air France jet that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 people on board.

Air France Flight 447 disappeared after taking off from Rio de Janeiro on its way to Paris.

France's air accident investigation agency, the BEA, said that a team - led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - discovered parts of the aircraft during an underwater search operation conducted within the past 24 hours.

The agency did not immediately say what parts of the jet the team found.

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  1. Jeff Wetherington

    I just want to say that I am really growing disappointed with these kinds of "news" posts from CNN that really don't have any information or details about the story. Things like WHAT kind of debris or WHERE the debris was found would make this a post worth reading instead of an exercise in frustration.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • yamon

      u mad?

      April 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      CNN just reported what was said by the actual reporting agency. read the last line of the story

      April 4, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Edward r Murrow

    Maybe that's all of the preliminary info CNN had to release? Perhaps authorities are holding back info for the sake of relatives of the deceased? Put a little thought into WHY they only offer a little bit of info.

    April 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAZZ

      Edward , we need u back desperately. U and Walter Cronkite.

      April 4, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    I agree with Edward.

    April 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    I agree with Jeff here. At least they could tell us if details were not disclosed.

    April 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jeff

    i have to agree ... if thats all they have to say then why include the link at all

    April 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joel Raes

    Thats good news. I hope they can solve that crash!


    Joel Raes

    April 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nahmon

    They are just trolling u guys. Works pretty good, doesn't it?

    April 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Journalist

    These are This Just In posts. There may not be a lot of detail available other than "this just happened". What's disappointing is when there is no follow up to the story later on.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Journalist

    Much better story, but contains a lot of "filler" info.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Did you see Nova's program on the crash? Find it on Netflix. Very good.

    April 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chucky

    Hey Andy it's me. Chucky.

    April 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • yamon

      from de movie mon? wah! u be one scary puppet mon. I'm shakin in me boots mon.

      April 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Isn't it obvious what "parts" they found? What part of an airliner continues to send signals even after the plane crashes. That's right. The flight recorder. (black box) I reckon the part that goes "beep beep beep" would be the easiest one to find. They probably want to make sure what's on the flight recorder before they release the info. And remember, it is not at all uncommon for governments to keep flight recorder intel secret for "reaons of national security". (Like flight 77 and the Pentagon site or the KAL flight carrying congressman Larry McDonald that got shot down over Russian airspace before McDonald could testify against Ronald Regan. Those black-boxes have never been released)

    April 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sunar From Indonesia Phone: 628993362379 Web:

    plane crash is the most deadly crash of all, maybe next time every plane needs to be equiped with openable cap, and launching sit like in fighter jet

    April 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    If we can't afford seatbelts on school busses, how are we gonna pay for airliner ejection seats?

    April 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • g

      Simple. We eject the school buses from the airliners using elastic seatbelts. This will enable everyone to afford a good laugh.

      April 4, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gonzo

    Black box signal? Doubtful. This plane went down in 2009 sometime. I doubt it was stil emitting signals. Don't they usually transmit for up to 3O days?

    April 4, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
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