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Air France says no hope of finding survivors

2009-06-04 15:20:39 GMT2009-06-04 23:20:39 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A woman prays for the victims of the missing Air France's airliner at the Candelaria Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 4, 2009. A pray was held here on Thursday for the victims of the missing airliner. (Xinhua/Song Weiwei)

Relatives of the victims of the missing Air France's airliner comfort each other after a pray at the Candelaria Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 4, 2009. A pray was held here on Thursday for the victims of the missing airliner. (Xinhua/Song Weiwei)

PARIS, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Air France has told families of passengers on Flight 447 that there is no hope that anyone aboard the plane could have survived, the media reported on Thursday.

When meeting with families in a hotel near Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday, Air France's CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said the plane broke up either in the air or when it crashed into the ocean and there were no survivors, according to Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, a spokesman for a victim's help group.

More Debris, including a seven-meter-long object and 10 other objects, some of them metallic, was found by the search planes over a wide area, but pilots had not spotted any signs of survivors, the Brazilian Air Force said.

The overall zone is roughly 640 km northeast of the Fernando deNoronha islands off Brazil's northern coast.

Investigators are working with Air France, Airbus and meteorologists to determine what caused the Airbus A330-200 with 228 people on board to slam into the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Rio de Janeiro for Paris on Sunday night.

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