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Air France aircraft disappears over the Atlantic

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Air France aircraft disappears over the Atlantic

An Air France passenger plane has disappeared off radar over the Atlantic off the Brazilian coast, news agencies are reporting.

More to come no doubt.

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you are now entering... the twilight zone... thats crazy! How can that happen?

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wow, thats bad, fingers crossed the find them and their fine

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Air France now reporting that flight AF447 from Rio to Paris CDG is lost. Even without contact, the a/c would have run out of fuel by now.

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Those family's must be in a terrible state right now. I pray for the plane, the passengers, crew and their loved ones.

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Paris, FRANCE (BNO NEWS) -- Air France regrets to confirm the disappearance of flight AF 447 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, scheduled to arrive at 11:10am local time today, as announced to the press by Air France CEO, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.

The Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCP, left Rio on 31 May at 7:03pm local time (12:03am in Paris).

The aircraft hit a zone of stormy weather with strong turbulence at 2am this morning (universal time), i.e. 4am in Paris. An automatic message was received from the aircraft at 2:14am (4 :14am in Paris) indicating a failure in the electric circuit a long way from the coast.

The Brazilian, African, Spanish and French air traffic control centres all tried to make contact with flight AF 447 but to no avail. The French military air traffic control centre tried to detect the aircraft but did not succeed.

216 passengers were on board: 126 men, 82 women, 7 children and one infant.

There were 12 flight crew members: 3 pilots and 9 flight attendants.

The flight captain had a record of 11,000 flight hours and had already flown 1,700 hours on Airbus A330/A340s.

Of the two first officers, one had flown 3,000 flight hours (800 of which on the Airbus A330/A340) and the other 6,600 (2,600 on the Airbus A330/A340).

The aircraft was powered by General Electric CF6-80E engines.

The aircraft had totalled 18,870 flight hours and went into service on 18 April 2005.

Its last maintenance check in the hangar took place on 16 April 2009.

Air France fully shares the anxiety and distress of the families concerned. The families are being taken care of in a specially reserved area of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2.

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My thoughts are with those on the plane and their family and friends who are waiting for news.

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Just had a look at the SIGMETs for 06 and 12UTC for the area the flight would have been passing through. Very nasty, although too early to speculate on whether this was wx-related. Links below for anyone interested. Condolences to the families of all on board.

www.xplanefreeware.net/morten/DIV/turb1.gif

www.xplanefreeware.net/morten/DIV/turb2.gif

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Reports say (airliners.net) most passengers were Brazilian on the Air France flight from Rio to Paris, and 40 were French, and 30 were German citizens. My condolences go to their families.

I'm wondering how old the plane was? Sounds like it must have been fairly new.

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3 posts up it says "went into service on 18 April 2005."