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Air France flight disappears

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Football_Bat, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/world/europe/02plane.html?_r=1&hp

    PARIS — Air France said Monday that it had lost contact with a passenger plane travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. “We have received no news from flight AF 447,” said an Air France spokeswoman in Paris, Brigitte Barrand.

    Reuters reported that there were 216 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the plane.

    A Brazilian Air Force spokesman, quoted by The Associated Press, said that the plane disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean and a search is under way near the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha. The plane disappeared about 186 miles northeast of the coastal Brazilian city of Natal and near Fernando de Noronha, the spokesman said.

    The plane had been scheduled to land at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport at 11:15 a.m. Paris time after a nonstop flight that left Rio 7 p.m. local time on Sunday.

    “We are very worried,” said an aviation official in Paris interviewed by Agence France-Presse. “The plane disappeared from the screens several hours ago. It could be a transponder problem, but this kind of fault is very rare and the plane did not land when expected.”
     
  2. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I just heard about this. It's not sounding good at all. In EST, the plane should have landed two hours ago, IIRC.
     
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yeah, vessels that large don't just disappear, not in this age ...
     
  4. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    No GPS signal?

    I hope they are OK, obviously, but this is creepy if the GPS went dead.
     
  5. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    CNN is saying that the plane reported electrical problems before all contact was lost and that the plane experienced strong turbulence on the 11-hour trip.

    EDIT: MSNBC reporting that it's likely that lightening struck the jet.

    Not good.
     
  6. Presumably, if there were an explosion, somebody somewhere would have picked up a radar signature, no?
     
  7. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I don't imagine its 100% that an explosion happened, but rather a strong enough strike occurred to shortcircut the electrical components in the plane.
     
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Is there radar coverage offshore?
     
  9. That's what I meant.
    No explosion pretty much means lightning, or a catastrophic structural failure.
     
  10. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    so what exactly happens when a plane is hit by lightning?
     
  11. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Ah, gotcha! I didn't catch you on that.

    Unfortunately, I think it's time to assume the worst for these 228 people.
     
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    According to the fear of flying site I used last year, not much. If they were lying, I'm glad I didn't find out until now.
     
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