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Reports are still very sketchy at the moment... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8076848.stm
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That's not good! :eek:
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I'm fearing the worst. Fingers crossed something remarkable happens but it doesn't look too good right now.
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Taken from Sky news.
An Air France passenger jet with 228 people on board is missing after dropping off radar over the Atlantic off the Brazilian coast, a Paris airport official has said. "We are very worried," he said. "The plane disappeared from the screens several hours ago. "It could be a transponder problem, but this kind of fault is very rare and the plane did not land when expected." Air traffic control lost contact with the Airbus A330 at 6am GMT after it took off from Rio de Janeiro bound for Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. It was due to land in the French capital at 9.10am GMT. Airport authorities have set up a 'crisis cell' at Charles de Gaulle. The people on board the jet are 216 passengers and 12 crew. More to follow...
It not looking good..... Rick

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Appears to be flight AF447, Airbus 330. The Air France website listed the flight as departing as normal but when you try and find out if it has landed or is on time it comes up with 'no information available'.
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Oh no! Please be a transponder system coupled with an emergency decent and landing something, please.
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Just checked and its was coming from RIO JANEIRO INTL as per sources. Taken from the below.. http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/flight-timetable-airline/Flight-information/Details/Flight-CDG2E_A.htm?VolSeq=5187756&City=GIG&Date=6/1/2009%2011:15:00%20AM&IsArr=True&Tel=&results=http%3a%2f%2fwww.aeroportsdeparis.fr%2fADP%2fen-GB%2fPassagers%2fflight-timetable-airline%2fFlight-information%2fflight-search.htm%3f%26%26Vol%3d%26City%3dGIG%26Date%3d01%252f06%252f2009%26IsArr%3dTrue%26Hours%3d Flight number:AF447 Scheduled arrival at 11:15 * (PARIS local time) Departure:RIO JANEIRO INTL on 5/31/2009 19:00 The day before Arrival:PARIS, on 6/1/2009 11:15 CHARLESDE GAULLE TERMINAL 2 E Stopovers:No stopover Type of aircraft:AIRBUS A330-200 AirlineAIR FRANCE Telephone:3654 PLEASE NOTE - Im not not 100% sure it is this flight, but it would appear it is. Rick
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Its out of the radar for 4 hours or so now. This is not looking good.

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It is definitely AF447...
Departing from : Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Intl (GIG) - Brazil - 1900 Arriving in : Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - France - 1115 Departure flight : Sunday 31 May 2009 AF447 - 332 - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Intl (GIG) - Brazil - Terminal 1 - Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - France - Terminal 2E - Flight time - 11h15
Taken off the Air France website.

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BBC have now confirmed it is AF 447 and upped the numbers to 228 to include the crew.
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Just checked and its was coming from RIO JANEIRO INTL as per sources. Taken from the below.. http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/flight-timetable-airline/Flight-information/Details/Flight-CDG2E_A.htm?VolSeq=5187756&City=GIG&Date=6/1/2009%2011:15:00%20AM&IsArr=True&Tel=&results=http%3a%2f%2fwww.aeroportsdeparis.fr%2fADP%2fen-GB%2fPassagers%2fflight-timetable-airline%2fFlight-information%2fflight-search.htm%3f%26%26Vol%3d%26City%3dGIG%26Date%3d01%252f06%252f2009%26IsArr%3dTrue%26Hours%3d Flight number:AF447 Scheduled arrival at 11:15 * (PARIS local time) Departure:RIO JANEIRO INTL on 5/31/2009 19:00 The day before Arrival:PARIS, on 6/1/2009 11:15 CHARLESDE GAULLE TERMINAL 2 E Stopovers:No stopover Type of aircraft:AIRBUS A330-200 AirlineAIR FRANCE Telephone:3654 Rick
Media have confirmed the above. Rick

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We have the registration of the plane now too, incase anyone has a photo of it from the past... http://avherald.com/h?article=41a81ef1&opt=0
An Air France Airbus A330-200, registration F-GZCP performing flight AF-447 (dep May 31st) from Rio de Janeiro,RJ (Brazil) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 216 passengers and 12 crew, is overdue at Paris Charles de Gaulle for more than an hour. The airplane had departed Brazil's radar coverage normally. A crisis and intervention center has been setup at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Brazil has launched a search and rescue operation off their coast along the last known radar positions near the Island of Fernando de Noronha where the airplane had failed to establish required radio communication.
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Found the below info on a few sites..
Reports said a search and rescue operation was underway around the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha
Source - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31040692/ Sad news... Rick
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situation looks bleak as of now.
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I agree. Had it been an emergency decent followed by an emergency landing, we'd have heard by now.
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Air France said there is no chance to find the plane. Lost off the Moroccan coast. It's of course F-GZCP The French transport Minister is on the way to Air France headquarter at CDG. Probably a sad announcement will then be made.
taken from a.net by a French user.
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Air France said there is no chance to find the plane. Lost off the Moroccan coast. It's of course F-GZCP The French transport Minister is on the way to Air France headquarter at CDG. Probably a sad announcement will then be made.
taken from a.net by a French user.
Im not sure about the above statement regarding the Moroccan Coast.
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Moderator Message At the moment the status of the aircraft and those on board is still undetermined, so can we please refrain from speculation until someone in authority releases more information? A posting on an enthusiasts' website elsewhere does not constitute a statement by the authorities. Thanks GA
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especially when referenced site's forum is known to be full of hyperbole.

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When the news wires start buzzing about an airliner 'missing' it always sends shivers down everyone. Everyone holds out that faint hope that the plane had a problem and made it down safely...and if they didn't, then you kind of hope that it was over quickly. Wherever they are and whatever happened, the families will need support and lots of it in the coming weeks and months. But for now, they will be waiting for that phone call or the knock on the door to confirm the worst, immeasurable agony for everyone involved.

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From the variety of media reports circulating, it appears that the alarm was raised when the flight failed to contact Cape Verde radar, but that is not confirmed by authorities as yet. The search area is massive, from Fernando de Noronha to Cape Verde Islands.