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Investigators Ponder What Happened to Air France

Society & Culture  (tags: society, Air planes, flying, Air France, missing, accident, transportation, investigation )

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Was Air France Flight 447 downed by wind and hail from towering thunderheads? By lightning? Or by a catastrophic combination of factors?

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Dee C. (23)
Tuesday June 2, 2009, 12:12 am
"Investigators were mulling several theories as to why the plane carrying 228 people disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean, while Brazilian and French military aircraft scoured a vast swath of ocean between Brazil and the African coast for the Airbus A330.

The flight left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night en route to Paris only to vanish after issuing an automated message that the electrical system had failed.

Brazil's largest airline, TAM, released a statement late Monday saying that pilots flying one of its commercial flights from Paris to Rio spotted what they thought was fire in the ocean along the Air France jet's route.

Air Force spokesman Col. Jorge Amaral told the Agencia Brasil official news service that authorities were investigating the report.

"There is information that the pilot of a TAM aircraft saw several orange points on the ocean while flying over the region," he said.

Two Brazilian air force jets were conducting night searches over the Atlantic early Tuesday. Six Brazilian aircraft, including two helicopters, were involved in the search, authorities said. The first of three Brazilian ships was expected to arrive in the remote area Wednesday."

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Kimberley M. (2)
Wednesday June 3, 2009, 8:35 am
May everyone involved find some peace in the turmoil of grief and loss.
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