Nation
10:49 am
Thu June 4, 2009

Air France CEO: no hope of survivors

PARIS (AP) – PARIS (AP) - Air France has told families of passengers aboard Flight 447 to abandon any hope of survivors.

A counselor present at a meeting with Air France's CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon says he told the families that the plane broke apart either in the air or when it slammed into the ocean's surface.

The counselor, who was asked by Paris prosecutors to help counsel family members, said Thursday "what is clear is that there was no landing. There's no chance the escape slides came out."

He says Gourgeon told families at the Wednesday meeting there were no survivors.

Military rescue planes are trying to narrow the search zone today as ships head to the site to recover wreckage.