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Air France Rio-Paris flight missing with 228 aboard

Update [1]: “CBS Radio News reporter Elaine Cobbe in Paris said the airline indicated soon after the news that the plane was missing that there was “no hope” of a positive outcome.

“Aviation experts said it was clear the plane was not in the air any longer, due to the amount of fuel it would have been carrying.

“It’s nearly three hours overdue. There has been no receipt of a mayday call. The conclusion to be drawn is that something catastrophic happened on board that has caused this airplane to ditch in a controlled or an uncontrolled fashion,” Jane’s Aviation analyst Chris Yates told The Associated Press.

Reuters [2]
Monday, June 1, 2009

An Air France plane on its way from Brazil to Paris has gone missing with 228 people on board, the airline said on Monday.

Its last known location was unclear. Brazilian television said the Brazilian air force had started a search mission over the Atlantic Ocean for the plane.

Flight AF 447 has 216 passengers and 12 crew on board. It left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time and was expected in Paris on Monday at 11:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. British time).

“Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from flight AF 447, which was flying on the Rio de Janeiro – Paris Charles de Gaulle route and was scheduled to arrive at 11.15 a.m. today (10:15 a.m. British time),” an Air France spokesman said.

Full article here [2]