Jorge Amaral, Air Force spokesman said aircraft seats were spotted by search planes early on Tuesday morning but that authorities cannot immediately confirm they were from the plane. The search planes also spotted small white pieces of debris, material that may be metallic and signs of oil and kerosene, which is used as jet fuel.
The debris was found about 390 miles (650 kilometers) northeast of the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha. The Air France plane 447 went missing with 228 people aboard. A total of 228 passengers and crew, including at least seven young children and one baby, were on board the Air France aircraft which vanished without a trace on a routine flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris Charles de Gaulle.