Air France Flight 447: Officials say 'No Hope' for Missing Plane
Air France officials say there is no hope for the passengers and crew of missing plane Air France Flight 447, which disappeared off radar three hours into a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. There were 216 passengers and 12 crew on board. Air France fears the missing plane has crashed.
The Brazilian air force is in the midst of a large search and rescue operation for Air France Flight 447, an Airbus 330-200, but Air France officials say there is little hope of finding anyone alive. The company said that the plane had sent a message reporting an electrical 'short circuit' after experiencing turbulence.
Officials said they had "no hope" for Air France Flight 447 which dropped off the radar three hours and less than 200 miles into a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
As the Brazilian air force mounted a search and rescue operation for the Airbus 330-200 in the waters around the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, families of passengers gathered at a crisis centre in Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport awaiting news.
[UPDATE]: The search for the plane has begun near Brazilian Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.
According to a report from Reuters, Brazilian authorities said that the island’s airstrip is now at the center of the search: “planes had taken off from the island of Fernando de Noronha off Brazil’s northeast coast to look for the Air France jet.”
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