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A Brazilian news site is reporting the wreckage found is not from the Air France plane.
“The BAF (Brazilian Air Force) informed in the night of this thursday that the removed destroços of the Atlantic in this thursday are not of the Airbus A-330 of the Air France, that disappeared on board in the last sunday."
19:30h Debris recovered from the Atlantic are not from Air France plane , says Air Force
The FAB (Brazillian Air Force) informed this Thursday evening that the debris collected from the Atlantic this Thursday is not from the Air France Airbus A-330 , that disappeared last Sunday (31) with 228 people onboard.
According to Brigadier General Ramon Borges Cardoso , director of Decea ( director of the Air Space Control Department) , "there was no material from the plane that was collected".
"No , no material from the plane was collected. What we saw were materials belonging to an airship that were left behind because of the priority for the search of bodies. But , till this moment , no piece of the airship was recovered" , affirmed.
According to Ramon , the oil stain sighted was also not from the airship. "Such a great quantity found could not have come from an airplane", he said in Recife. According to him , though , the fuel sighted is from an airplane. "The fuel has the most probability of coming from an airplane. What was discarded was the oil."
The Brigadier said , though , that the searches will continue in the region, and will be reinforced in the weekend, with the arrival of new airships and ships sent by France.
Today, a piece of 2,5 squared meters and two floats were salvaged from the waters of the Atlantic , around 13h. According to the Air Force , the object was sighted 550km off Fernando de Noronha (PE) by the plane C-130 Hércules of FAB. Later , though , the Navy affirmed that the pieces brought no identification from the Air France Airbus-A330 .
The brigadier denied that the searches have come back to stake zero. "No. We all have calculations made of the areas. Because taking into consideration the speed of the current , we know exactly where these debris should be. And this has been confirming itself. Because all planes we used on these calculations , everywhere , we ended up sighting their debris" , he said.
According to him, even though the pieces collected today are not from the Airbus , the Air Force still defends that the debris sighted around the region are from the plane that did flight 447.
Brazilian air force says debris was not from Air France crash
"It has been verified that the material did not belong to the plane," Brigadier Ramon Borges Cardoso told reporters in Recife about the material recovered Thursday. "It is a pallet of wood that is utilized for transport. It is used in planes, but on this flight to Paris, there was no wooden pallet."
He added that oil slicks seen on the ocean were not from the plane, either, and that the quantity of oil exceeded the amount the plane would have carried.
"No material from the airplane was picked up," he said.
A wooden cargo pallet was taken from the sea, but the Airbus A330 had no wooden pallets on board
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