View Full Version : Fears for 228 as Air France jet vanishes

06-01-2009, 08:07 AM
(CNN) -- A French passenger aircraft carrying 228 people has disappeared off the coast of Brazil, airline officials say.

Air France told CNN the jet was making the 11-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris when contact was lost.

Brazil's air force launched a search near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha in the Atlantic Ocean, 365 km (226 miles) from Brazil's coast, the country's state media said.

Air France said flight AF447 was carrying 216 passengers in addition to a crew of 12. The plane is listed as an Airbus A330.

LINK (http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/06/01/air.france.brazil/index.html)