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Horrible Early Reporting on the Air France Crash

Contrary to earlier reports, no debris from the Air France Airbus A330 that crashed en-route from Brazil to France has been found. And the widley shown photo of the oil slick is probably not from the plane as well. The BBC reports:

Brig Ramon Borges Cardoso contradicted earlier reports that debris had been found, saying “no material from the plane has been recovered”.

A wooden cargo pallet was taken from the sea, but the Airbus A330 had no wooden pallets on board.

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Brazilian navy vessels have been combing the area, about 1,100km (690 miles) north-east of Brazil’s coast.

Three more Brazilian boats and a French ship equipped with small submarines are expected to arrive in the area in the next few days.

Brig Cardoso said that fuel found in the sea probably did come from the plane, because it was not of a type used in ships.

However he said a large oil slick photographed in the area was more likely to have come from a ship.

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