PARIS (AP) - A French accident investigator says it's unclear
whether the chief pilot of Air France Flight 447 was at the
controls when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
The head of France's accident investigation agency also says he
is "not optimistic" that rescuers will recover the plane's black
boxes, which are probably miles underwater.
Pilots on long-haul flights often take turns at the controls to
remain alert. Asked whether the chief pilot was in the cockpit when
the plane went down, the chief investigator told a news conference
in France that there was no confirmed information either way.
He noted, "We don't even know the exact time of the accident."
He also told reporters there were no indications of a problem
with the plane before it left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night en
route to Paris with 228 people on board.
Military planes and ships from Brazil and France are homing in
on the floating wreckage of the Air France jet in the Atlantic