x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

French minister warns about alleged Airbus debris

French forces have found no evidence of an Airbus A330 airplane that vanished over the Atlantic.

PARIS // France's transportation minister says French forces have found no evidence of an Airbus A330 airplane that vanished over the Atlantic and is urging "extreme prudence" about suspected debris fished from the ocean. Dominique Bussereau says he regrets that an announcement by Brazilian teams that they had recovered plane debris from Air France flight 447 turned out to be false. He told RTL radio on Friday that the search must continue and stressed that the priority is finding the flight recorders. The plane went down Sunday night with 228 people aboard. Confusion broke out Thursday after the Brazilian Air Force said a helicopter plucked a cargo pallet from the sea that came from the plane, but six hours later said it was not from the Airbus. *AP