When the flight AF 447 disappeared on Monday, Jun 1, a daytime search by eight Brazilian air force aircraft doing visual sweeps was launched which failed to provide any information.
The search continued overnight with a Hercules C130 fitted with equipment to try to detect the plane's emergency beacon, with another aircraft with onboard radar. It was also capable of detecting bodies in the water if the weather was good.
Concurring with what the French president said, the officials said there was little hope that they would find any survivors.
The flight reportedly disappeared a few hours into its 11-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris after the Airbus A330 encountered severe turbulence over the Atlantic and reported technical failures.
The initial reports of the flight suggested that the flight had disappeared from the radar. However, hours later Air France confirmed that the flight had crashed.
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