* Updated Monday, April 3, 2011 at 9:28am
According to CNN, investigators have discovered portions of the downed Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris back in July of 2009. While much of the wreckage has yet to be found, today’s discovery seems to indicate that searchers are closing in.
France’s air accident investigation agency, the BEA, said that a team — led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution — discovered parts of the aircraft during an underwater search operation conducted within the past 24 hours.
The agency did not immediately say what parts of the jet the team found.
The current search is the fourth attempt by investigators to reach the wreckage of the plane which mysteriously crashed during a turbulent thunderstorm, killing all 228 onboard and leading to accusations of neglect toward Air France and Airbus, maker of the A330 plane which crashed.
Finding the wreckage will provide critical pieces of evidence for investigators as they try to piece together what happened preceding the crash.
Update: CNN now reports that bodies have been found and that the French government believes that investigators have found the wreckage site. Earlier reports had indicated that parts of the wreckage had been discovered but did not say whether the main site had been found. It now appears that it has.