Air France Flight 447 bound to Paris carrying 228 people is missing…

SAO PAULO (AP) — A missing Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris ran into a tower of thunderstorms and heavy turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said Monday, fearing that all aboard were lost.

The area where the plane could have gone down was vast. Brazil’s military searched for the plane off its northeast coast, while the French military scoured the Atlantic off the West African coast near the Cape Verde Islands.

Chief Air France spokesman Francois Brousse said “it is possible” the plane was hit by lightning, but aviation experts expressed doubt that a bolt of lightning was enough to bring the plane down.

Air France Flight 447, a 4-year-old Airbus A330, left Rio on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. local time (2230 GMT, 6:30 p.m. EDT) with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board, said company spokeswoman Brigitte Barrand.

The plane left Brazil radar contact, past the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about three hours later (10:48 Brazil time, 0148 GMT, 9:48 p.m. EDT), indicating it was flying normally at 35,000 feet (10,670 meters) and traveling at 522 mph (840 kph).

About a half-hour after that, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through strong turbulence, Air France said.

The plane “crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence” at 0200 GMT Monday (10 p.m. EDT Sunday) and an automatic message was received fourteen minutes later reporting electrical failure and a loss of cabin pressure.

That was the last communication sent from the plane, when it was about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the Cape Verde Islands, according to the Brazilian Air Force.

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Blogger’s note:

I have been to many places already but I still have some fears in flying simply because it always crosses my mind of the possibility of a plane crash due to unforeseen circumstances. Figures have always proved that flying or air transport is the safest form of transportation which I believe is true. But it’s also true that accidents can happen anytime and mostly unexpected. That is why every time I fly, I always say a silent prayer for God to protect us and keep us safe..for God to guide the Pilot so all passengers and crew will be safe. After that, I leave everything up to God…then my fears are gone.

This is really a sad breaking news. My prayers are with the family of all passengers and crew members of the Air France plane that is still missing in the Atlantic Ocean.May we soon find out update on this catastrophe so the family and relatives of everyone on board will know the real score.

God Bless Air France Flight 447.