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Air France Flight 447: Reports of Debris, Fire in Atlantic

Debris — a seat, a life jacket, signs of fuel — possibly from the vanished Air France Flight 447, was possibly spotted in a search location approximately where the aircraft would have gone down in the Atlantic, Brazilian media reported today:

Search"The sighting by the French freighter Douce France is said to be in the same area off the coast of Senegal where a pilot with Brazil's TAM airline also may have spotted a burning piece of wreckage as he was crossing the Atlantic early on Monday. Air France's flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went missing on Monday morning with 228 passengers and crew on board. There was no distress signal received from the plane. The TAM pilot reported having seen 'orange-coloured spots'' that might have been burning debris. The sighting took place at about the same time that Air France Flight 447 vanished from radar."

CNN confirmed the reports.

No further confirmation was available. Additional naval and other rescue ships were due to arrive in the area today, but storms in the area are hindering search efforts:

"Monday's events are highly unusual partly because they happened at cruising altitude, the safest part of any flight. Jetliners routinely encounter storms without suffering electrical or other problems. Though lightning has periodically damaged aircraft, weather alone hasn't been blamed for the crash of a large commercial jetliner in decades. Investigators stressed it is too early to speculate on causes, but the indications of electrical-system problems raise a complex issue that has worried many safety experts: the chances of cutting-edge automated flight controls going haywire."

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  1. does anyone know why the reports continue to say that the plane crashed off the coast of senegal when the maps show it was off the coast of brazil.

    Posted by: Omgyawu | Jun 2, 2009 9:40:06 AM

  2. you're so right, a fly by wire aircraft in an electrical storm, no wonder AF chairman said circuits cut off, hope they look into AF pilots too, as machoism that causes them not to turn on seat belt signs may have taken them thru thunderstorms (almost).

    Posted by: cd | Jun 2, 2009 10:15:26 AM

  3. An Air France jet with 228 people on board is feared to have crashed in the ocean off the coast of Brazil.
    Heard this on the radio earlier on my way back home from the mall. Air France flight AF 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris disappeared from the radar while flying over the Atlantic Ocean.
    The video from the scene:Air France jet-video-online

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 2, 2009 12:10:34 PM

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    Posted by: AtlasAssist | Jun 2, 2009 1:20:45 PM

  6. This is a big story for aviation as it in the top 25 all time for loss of life, and the first A330 to crash in commercial service. It will likely be some time before the cause of the crash is known, but it is certainly reasonable for the media to speculate. Here is a survey of some of what is being said about the disappearance.

    Posted by: storycipher | Jun 2, 2009 2:45:36 PM

  7. It is a scary thing that planes still malfunction and crash. After having planes for so long you would think we would have gotten better at making them all land safely.

    Posted by: debt relief | Jun 2, 2009 6:48:41 PM

  8. This is so bad to hear this news,Although it is still the secret of barmuda trangile, i feat that flane crash on barmuda trangile,

    Hope it not be,god may be help their beloved ones and families,


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