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The disappearance of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France, remains a mystery, but those involved in the search said it is likely that the plane's 216 passengers and 12 crew members are dead.
The front page of a Brazil newspaper reports on the disappearance of the plane's 228 passengers and crew.
1 of 2 Among those on board were a member of Brazil's former royal family, a one-time performer with the Riverdance troupe, a Rio city official, executives from major international companies and an 11-year-old British schoolboy.
Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, 26, was a descendant of the family that ruled Brazil until 1889, a branch of the former Portuguese royal family. The Orleans and Braganca family considered him to be fourth in line to the throne. Pedro Luis was the oldest son of Prince Antonio and Princess Christine, the family said. He was the only member of the family on the flight, his relatives said.
Eithne Walls, who danced with with Riverdance on Broadway, was also on the plane, said Julian Erskine, senior executive producer of the troupe.
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