Prospect Slim of Finding Plane Survivors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
He said finding the plane "will be very difficult" because the search zone "is immense."

File video of an Air France plane.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the prospects of finding any survivors from an Air France jet that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean carrying 228 people are "very small."

Sarkozy says "no hypothesis is excluded" in the search for causes of the disappearance of the Rio to Paris flight.

Sarkozy met Monday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport with some of families of those aboard the plane, including "a mother who lost her son, a fiance who lost her future husband."

Sarkozy said, "I told them the truth. The prospects of finding survivors are very small."

He said finding the plane "will be very difficult" because the search zone "is immense."

He said France has asked for help from U.S. satellite equipment to locate the plane.

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  • by Mike C. Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 1, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    The Air Bus A330 is a good sized aircraft that has a good track record. It is the type model the AF tanker program was thinking of using. We in Colorado Springs don't usually see Air France A330's, but one week a few months ago Colorado Springs residents were calling authorities reporting a large white aircraft circling the area for days. This was an Air France A330 similar to the one that crashed. It was here using the COS airport for high alt testing. It flew around Colorado Springs for hours each day.
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