Guyana finds possible debris from Air France crash

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Guyana finds possible debris from Air France crash

Unread post by bimjim » Mon Jul 20, 2009 ... QD99GTPR03

Guyana finds possible debris from Air France crash

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — A fisherman in Guyana apparently has found a large piece of a plane that authorities suspect might belong to the Air France jet that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, an aviation official said Saturday.

The 30-foot-long piece of what appears to be aircraft fuselage washed up on a beach in the South American country this week, said Paula McAdam, deputy director of Guyana's Civil Aviation Authority.

The Brazilian Embassy said it would send experts to examine the debris, she said.

An Air France flight that departed neighboring Brazil on June 1 crashed into the ocean more than 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) off that country's northeastern coast. All 228 people aboard died.

French officials expect to begin a new underwater search next week to look for more wreckage.

Guyana fisherman Denis Baksh told local media that he took the aircraft part home on Wednesday after spotting it while heading out to sea.

Discarded portions of space rockets launched from a European facility in nearby French Guiana often wash up on local beaches weeks after a launch.

Arianespace last launched a rocket on July 1.

Guyana and French Guiana are located just north of Brazil.

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