Air France flight AF447 lost en-route to Paris

June 1st, 2009 - 7:24 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Air France AF447 A massive air search is currently underway over the Atlantic Ocean 365km (226 miles) from Brazil’s coast for Air France flight AF447 en-route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The plane, an Airbus A330 with 216 passengers and 12 crew onboard, disappeared from radar screens about 300km northeast of the coastal Brazilian city of Natal, near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha at 0220 GMT (11.20pm BRT).

A crisis center has being set up at Charles de Gaulle where the plane had been due to land at 11.15am local Paris time (0915 GMT).

Air France spokeswoman Brigitte Barrand said, “Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from Air France flight 447 flying from Rio to Paris. Air France shares the emotion and worry of the families concerned.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his “extreme worry” and sent the junior minister for transport, Dominique Bussereau, and Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo to Charles de Gaulle airport to monitor the situation.

The Airbus 330 is a twin-engine long-range aircraft introduced into commercial aviation in the 1990s and the craft operating flight AF447 is believed to have been delivered to Air France in April 2005.

The A300 Airbus is a stalwart of long-haul flights and has an impeccable safety record.

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