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Air France tells families no hope of survivors

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

A counsellor 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.

Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, 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."

Denoix de Saint-Marc says Gourgeon told families at the Wednesday meeting there were no survivors.

Military rescue planes were trying to narrow the search zone Thursday as ships headed to the site to recover wreckage.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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