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The Brazilian Air Force has found metal pieces and loose seats in the Atlantic, more than 650 miles north from the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, in the north east of Brazil, but cannot confirm yet if they belong to the missing Air France 447 plane, as it would require retrieving a piece with a serial number or a specific mark to identify it as a part of the Airbus 330.
Brazilian and French rescue teams, in collaboration with United States and Spain, have intensified their efforts to find the plane which disappeared yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean with 216 passengers and 12 crew members while traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Earlier today, the only clue to the possible location of the accident was a report made by a Brazilian pilot who said that he had seen "strange orange dot" in the sea in Senegalese waters. It was the only indication in which it is the largest air disaster ever suffered by the French company.
But the findings of the Brazilian Army cast more uncertainty on the crash location and extend the search area.
The plane departed from Rio de Janeiro at 07 p.m. (22:00 GMT) on Sunday. Three hours and a half later it reported entering in the airspace of Senegal. The commander warned that the plane was entering a zone of turbulence. A few minutes later, the plane began to emit automatic signals reporting a general power failure. At 2.14 GMT it disappeared in the middle of a storm.
According to Air France, the possible cause of the accident is a lightning which triggered a series of fault in the system.
Based on last signal time (as the plane was out of radar range), the crash area is estimated to be some 1,100 miles off the coast of Brazil, where the depth of the ocean is between 1600 and 4000 meters.
Brazil has mobilized eight aircrafts and three ships to track the area that corresponds to the Brazilian airspace, while the area under Senegal airspace is being tracked by French aircrafts.
The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has confirmed today that his country will help with what is "necessary" to locate the missing plane. The Pentagon is working since yesterday with information from their satellites. Spain has also sent two planes to Senegal.
The full list of passengers by nationality is as follows: 61 Frenches, 58 Brazilians, 26 Germans, 9 Chineses, 9 Italians , 5 British, 6 Swiss, 5 Lebaneses, 4 Hungarians, 3 Slovaks, 3 Norwegians, 3 Irish, 2 Americans, 2 Spaniards, 2 Moroccans and 2 Poles. The list is completed by a citizen of each of the following countries: South Africa, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Gambia, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.Read full article »