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Airfrance Plane Crash

Posted by Data Locker - A Pot of Information on June 2, 2009

An Air France plane that carried 228 people on board was believed to have gone down into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday after crashing some heavy turbulence on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

Air France said the Airbus flew into stormy weather four hours after its scheduled take-off from the Brazilian city and shortly afterwards sent an automatic message reporting electrical faults. Company spokesman Francois Brousse said several of the plane’s mechanisms had malfunctioned, preventing it from making contact with air traffic controllers.

“It is probably a combination of circumstances that could have led to the crash,” he said. The airliner might have been hit by lightning, he said. The Brazilian air force said the plane was far out over the sea when it went missing. Military planes took off from both Brazil and Africa to hunt for it.

Flight AF 447 left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday at 7 p.m. (2200 GMT) and had been expected to land at Paris’s Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday at 11:15 a.m. (0915 GMT). The carrier said 216 passengers were on board, including seven children and one baby, and 12 crew members.

Air France said the pilots were highly experienced. Tearful relatives and friends were led away by airport staff after they arrived at Roissy expecting to greet the passengers. About 20 relatives of passengers on board the flight arrived at Rio’s Galeao airport on Monday morning seeking information after hearing news of its disappearance.

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One Response to “Airfrance Plane Crash”

  1. 迷你倉 said

    Navy ships are speeding toward a patch of ocean in the Atlantic that is littered with debris from an Air France plane that crashed with 228 people on board, seeking to recover clues to the jet’s mysterious tragedy.

    The naval operation, a day after the debris was spotted off Brazil’s coast, included two mini-submarines to recover the plane’s black box flight recorders if they can be found in the depths of the Atlantic.

    Both Brazil’s defense minister and a French military official have said there is no doubt the debris came from the mysterious crash.

    The first ships to arrive will be Brazilian, joining three cargo ships from France and the Netherlands that were rerouted to the area after debris from Air France flight AF447 was spotted.

    Brazil has announced three days of national mourning. Catholic and Muslim services are to be held in Paris, including one in Notre-Dame cathedral to be attended by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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