Air France Airbus A330 disappears over Atlantic en route from Brazil to France

Montag, 1 Juni 2009 08:04
Last updated 8 years ago.

Air France Flight #447 (AFR447) was reported missing off the Brazillian coast on Monday morning. The Airbus A330 (registration F-GZCP) with 228 people on board was an hour into the 5700 mile flight from Rio de Janeiro (GIG/SBGL) to Paris (CDG/LFPG) when contact was lost with air traffic controllers. It is presumed to have crashed in the water.

The Airbus A330 is a wide-body, twin-engine aircraft. It can seat up to 335 passengers depending on model and configuration. The Air France A330-200 (332) configuration seats 40 in Affaires (business) Class and 179 in Tempo (economy) Class. The aircraft has a range of nearly 6,750 nautical miles. Airlines can choose between GE, Pratt & Whitney, or Rolls Royce engines for the aircraft. Air France equips their A330s with GE engines.

CNN is reporting that the crew reported electrical problems prior to disappearing.

This flight occured entirely outside the FlightAware service area, so no flight plan, radar, or other flight tracking data is available.

UPDATE: 11:40pm EDT: The French government has requested assistance from the US in hopes that US spy satellites and listening stations could help find the aircraft.

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