June 1st, 2009
10:44 AM ET

Missing Air France jet 'hit by electric fault'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/06/01/air.france.brazil/art.airfrance.jpg caption="The missing plane is an Air France Airbus A330-200 similar to this one."]


An Air France plane feared to have crashed in the Atlantic with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact, the airline said Monday, describing the loss as a "catastrophe."

The Airbus A330-200 sent an automatic message signaling an electric circuit failure as it hit turbulence early in its 11-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Air France CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told a news conference.

The last known contact with the plane was at 1:33 GMT (8:33 p.m. Sunday night ET), according to the Brazilian Air Force.

Brazil says it has launched two air force squadrons to hunt near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha in the Atlantic Ocean, 365 kilometers (226 miles) from its coast, although the plane vanished outside the country's radar coverage.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Probably trace the fault back to the Bush admin.

    June 1, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  2. Dean Sparks


    June 1, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  3. Swithin Chandler

    he had fly by wire, wonder what really waht happened

    June 1, 2009 at 11:57 am |