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Air France 447 Missing, Presumed Crash - Heading to Paris From Rio de Janeiro

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Air France 447 Missing, Presumed Crash - Heading to Paris From Rio de Janeiro
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Summary - An Air France flight en route to Paris from Brazil went missing after experiencing thunderstorms and turbulence somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean in the late evening of May 31, 2009. It appears there was an electrical issue about 4 hours into the flight. 216 passengers and 12 crew were on board.

When did the crash / air tragedy occur?
The exact time or fate of AF447 is not known, but an electrical circuit malfunction about four hours into the flight — at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday

Which airline was involved?
Air France - flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France.

What happened?
Air France flight 447 was en route to Paris from Brazil when it went missing after experiencing thunderstorms and turbulence somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean in the late evening of May 31, 2009. It appears there was an electrical issue about 4 hours into the flight. 216 passengers and 12 crew were on board.

What was the cause / Who is to blame?
Severe thunderstorms coupled with turbulence are currently pegged as possibly contributing to a crash, as well as electrical malfunctions on board.

Any further safety issues?
None known at this point.

Phone contacts provided by Air France - 0800 800 812 in France or +33 157021055 for international callers.

June 2 - debris is spotted a few hundred miles off the coast of Brazil that may be from AF447.

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