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Air France plane found on ocean floor
Undersea robots locate bodies, motors and a large part of the Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.
Wreckage and bodies from the 2009 Air France crash have been found in the Atlantic Ocean, stoking optimism that investigators may be able to determine the cause of the crash that killed 228 people.
Debris of Flight 447 was found 3800-4000 metres below the surface by the Alucia search vessel, said Martine Del Bono, a spokeswoman for France's air-crash investigation agency.
French officials have said the bodies will be brought to the surface and identified. Families of victims have welcomed the announcement.
Air France wreckage found
The plane's landing gear can be seen clearly on the ocean floor. Photo: Reuters/BEA
The discovery follows three failed attempts to find the aircraft, which went down on June 1, 2009, on a flight from Brazil to France.
The discovery of the Airbus jet fragments "gives hope that information on the causes of the accident, so far unresolved, will be found," Air France-KLM Group Chief Executive Officer Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said.
Finding the wreckage, which includes an engine and a piece of the wing, is the most significant breakthrough yet in the 22-month search for the Airbus SAS A330 wide-body aircraft and its data recorders that may help explain the crash.
Air France and Airbus have both been charged with manslaughter over the accident, the worst in the airline's history.
Mobilising equipment to descend to the wreck and retrieve the debris will take "several weeks", Mr Del Bono said.
The Alucia arrived at the site on March 27. The BEA investigating body has not yet disclosed exactly where the wreckage was found, and plans to provide an update at a press conference in Paris today.
The wreckage contains corpses of some of those on board, French Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani said today. Investigators may be able to recover flight recorders, or black boxes that store detailed records of the pilots' conversations as well as technical information.
The boxes sit in the rear of the aircraft and are designed to withstand heavy impact and emit a signal for several weeks to help recovery. While previous search missions pulled some wreckage and victims from the sea, the recorders were not found.
Other black boxes found more than a year after an accident have yielded information. In the case of a South African Airways Boeing 747 that crashed in the Indian Ocean in 1987, a deep-water recovery team found the voice recorder in 4900 metres of water more than a year later. Both Airbus and Air France have helped pay for the cost of the search for the Air France jet.
The BEA has said there can be no certainty about the cause of the accident unless the black boxes are found.
"Airbus welcomes the news of the discovery of the AF447 wreckage," Airbus spokesman Stefan Schaffrath said.
"We do hope that this discovery will lead to the retrieval and the reading of the two recorders because these data are essential for the understanding of this accident."
Air France and Toulouse, France-based Airbus have both said they disagree with the preliminary manslaughter charges that were laid against them last month by a French investigating judge. France is one of the few countries in the world where fatal accidents automatically prompt criminal probes that run alongside investigations by aviation authorities.
The BEA has said a contributing factor to the crash may have been speed sensors, or Pitot tubes, icing up and causing unreliable readings. The agency made the suggestion after reviewing data transmitted in the last minutes before the crash.
Hopefully now we can discover the cause of this massive tragedy and the black box is not too badly damaged by lying in the sea for all this time. However I am sure the investigators will be able to piece together enough of the debris to come to a decision just what happened. I will be very interested to find out the conclusion of this and a lot of folk including the deceased families will be too.