An Air France plane on its way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, has been reported missing over the Atlantic Ocean, with 228 people on board. Four hours after its scheduled take-off from the Brazilian city, the Airbus 330-200 crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence” at 0200 GMT on Monday and 14 minutes later it sent an automatic message reporting electrical faults.
The Brazilian Air Force has confirmed the missing plane and already started a search and rescue mission from the the island of Fernando de Noronha off Brazil’s northeast coast. While the Brazilian Navy sent three ships to look for the Air France jet.
There were 216 passengers on board, including seven children and one baby, and 12 crew members. The pilots were extremely experienced for such a long flight and investigators have ruled out hijacking possibilities.
This is probably the first Airbus A330 to be lost during an operational airline flight and if no survivors are found, it would be the worst loss of life involving an Air France plane in the company’s whole 75-year history.
“We are probably facing an air catastrophe,” said Air France Chief Executive, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.
Apparently Mother Nature cannot only shake the ground, she can pluck birds, big birds, AirBus sized birds out of the sky.
It’s an awful tragedy.