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Air France Jet Carrying 228 Missing Over Atlantic

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webeagle12    948

DEVELOPING ? An Air France official says the airline has lost contact with a plane carrying 228 people from Brazil to Paris.

Air France spokeswoman Brigitte Barrand says, "Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from Air France flight 447 flying from Rio to Paris."

She said Monday the flight was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew members.

Brazil's air force said a search began Monday morning near the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.

The plane disappeared about 186 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of the coastal Brazilian city of Natal and near Fernando de Noronha, the spokesman said.

He spoke on condition of anonymity, in keeping with Air Force policy.

Barrand says "Air France shares the emotion and worry of the families concerned."

She says the airline has installed an information center at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport for the families of those aboard.

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Paris at 0915 GMT (5:15 a.m. EDT), according to the airport

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,523701,00.html

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Shaun N.    569
BBC News are covering it too

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+Audioboxer    2,876

Season 6 of Lost in production?

lol just joking, grim news, hope they find out what has happened.

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Brad.    7

Oh damn :/ That's terrible.

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Snowl    41

:no:

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Eevo    0
Season 6 of Lost in production?

lol just joking, grim news, hope they find out what has happened.

haha, after spending the last hour reading cynide & happiness, i found that post funny

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Steeley    9

Just awful. :(

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Salty Wagyu    107

hmm we don't have very impressive satellite navigation if it can't find an airplane they've lost contact with, meh maybe I've watched too much star trek, but seriously how can something drop off the radar that easily.

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Calla    0

they are dead.

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SuperJediMedia    48

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Seriously, I hope they are OK!

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Azusa    930

Anyone know the flight path?

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webeagle12    948

Brazil's radio CBN confirms that AF pilot sent a message reporting curt circuit related to electrical problem. This information is now confirmed by CNB radio live coverage.

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SuperJediMedia    48
The airline told CNN the Airbus A330-200 jet was making the 11-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris when contact was lost.

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Bioran    11

As much as I wish otherwise, I think it's very likely that the plane has crashed.

I wish for the best, but offer my condolences towards family members and others affected if the worst occurs. :(

~ Bioran

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SuperJediMedia    48

So they are sunking in the ocean?

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Bioran    11
So they are sunking in the ocean?

If they did crash, the plane would probably have broken up on impact and sunk, yes. That would certainly happen to a Boeing 747, and it would very likely (if not definitely) occur to an A300.

Hopefully they will find it safe and intact. Otherwise, :no:.

~ Bioran

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Subject Delta    108
hmm we don't have very impressive satellite navigation if it can't find an airplane they've lost contact with, meh maybe I've watched too much star trek, but seriously how can something drop off the radar that easily.

Satellite navigation can't find unknown objects. If the plane has crashed it will be at the bottom of the sea by now, as stated it doesn't have enough fuel to be flying. Once a plane either lands (after being shut down) or crashes its transponder stops working, which is the only means of identifying it.

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zhangm    1,396

Reports are that the plane would have run out of fuel before now. That means that it most likely went down.

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webeagle12    948
So they are sunking in the ocean?

I don't think crashing into the ocean 200+ mph can be called sinking. This is not A320 in NY for you buddy.

If they did crash, the plane would probably have broken up on impact and sunk, yes. That would certainly happen to a Boeing 747, and it would very likely (if not definitely) occur to an A300.

Hopefully they will find it safe and intact. Otherwise, :no:.

~ Bioran

#1 is was A330-200 version, please READ first page.

#2 I posted photo is a plane that crashed with reg number

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Yusuf M.    1,367

Surely they would've transmitted some sort of distress signal. :(

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webeagle12    948
Surely they would've transmitted some sort of distress signal. :(
AF pilot sent a message reporting curt circuit related to electrical problem

If it was electrical problem, it can cut power to anything on a plane, and that includes disabling communication systems.

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Subject Delta    108

All depends how quickly it happened. The belief is that the plane may have been hit by lightening and if so, it could have stopped their ability to communicate, could also have caused one of the fuel tanks to explode.

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Bioran    11
#1 is was A330-200 version, please READ first page.

Sorry, I was in a bit of a rush when I typed up my previous post, so I accidentally typed A300 instead of A330.

~ Bioran

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+Audioboxer    2,876
All depends how quickly it happened. The belief is that the plane may have been hit by lightening and if so, it could have stopped their ability to communicate, could also have caused one of the fuel tanks to explode.

I thought planes were designed to allow lightening to pass through them or something?

Or does it just depend where it gets hit?

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