Authorities have confirmed that debris spotted from a Brazilian Air Force aircraft this morning could indeed be wreckage from the Air France flight carrying 228 people that disappeared mysteriously yesterday as it crossed over the Atlantic Ocean.
Air France officials suggested that the craft may had been hit by lightning, causing a tragic and fatal malfunction. Since then, reports of a bad lightning storm in the area seem to corroborate that version of events. Jorge Amaral, a spokesman for the airline, said that airplane seats and other debris were found floating in the ocean in a location right along the presumed flight path of Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
It is not definitively known whether or not the wreckage is from that specific flight and the French government has vowed to keep searching for survivors and clues. Ships and planes from many different countries have converged in the area of the presumed crash, off of the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, where the other wreckage was found.