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No Hope of Finding Air France Flight

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, June 01, 2009 10:08 AM EST
Category: On The Road, Major Medical
Tags: Mass Transit, Airline Disasters, A330, Air France, Airlines

Air France plane disappears with more than 200 passengers. 

Air France Flight 447



IMAGE SOURCE:  Air France A330 / Telegraph UK Web site


Officials now say there is “no hope” of finding Air France Flight 447 that left Rio de Janeiro last night on a flight to Paris.  The Airbus 330-200k disappeared from radar a little more than three hours into the flight. 

There was no emergency signal but the aircraft did report it experienced an electrical “short circuit” after some turbulence, reports the Telegraph. Air France believes the plane had been hit by lightning and had a sudden systems failure.

Search crews are now looking around the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha as the flight was about 200 miles northeast of the Brazilian city of Natal when it lost contact.

Family members are gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport awaiting any news of the 216 passengers and 12 crew members. 

Brazil’s air traffic control system, which is run by the military, has been criticized for its role in a passenger jet collision in 2006, and a jet collision on the runway 10 months later in which some 199 people died.


The Telegraph.UK reports that the Airbus 330-200 has had two problems in the last decade. One flight was a transatlantic from Canada to Portugal in 2001 when the flight lost all power following a fuel leak.  None of the passengers were hurt after the pilot managed an emergency landing after gliding for 17 minutes.   

In 2003, an engine exploded after take-off from Miami on an Edelweiss Air flight. None of the 175 passengers there was hurt. 

The Airbus 330 is used around the world by Quantas, KLM and Etihad Airlines and was developed to compete with the Boeing 767. There are currently 400 in operation.   #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by JJ
Monday, June 01, 2009 11:12 AM EST

I'm not an expert, but after a little research, Jets like the Airbus usually travel at about 30,000 feet in the Stratosphere. Most bad lightning is in the Troposphere at 10,000 feet or less. (see Jet flying over lightning at: LINK ) Some unusual blue jet lightning can happen in the Stratosphere. How dangerous these blue jets are, I'm not sure. Also, jets do get hit by lightning and don't get hurt. Youtube has vids of jets getting hit by lightning. Here's one of them: LINK Other bizarre lightning is found even higher in the Mesosphere. See more at: LINK and LINK Therefore, is terrorism a more likely possibility?

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