Brazilian navy divers are searching the area for bodies of the passengers on board. Nelson Jobim, the Brazil's Defence Minister said that officials have made the determination that the debris belong to the Air France flight 447, following the discovery of a strip of wreckage floating on the surface of the water some 1,300 kilometers off the Brazilian mainland.
The debris included metal fragments, plane seats as well as jet fuel slick. But so far no bodies have been discovered from the plane carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members.
The defence minister added that flight recorders could be on the ocean floor, which he said was at a depth of at least 2,000 meters in the area of the crash. Voice and flight data recorders are often crucial for investigators to understand how weather conditions or crew actions may have contributed to an air crash.