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Air France Aircraft Disappears
An Air France Airbus A330 is missing over the Atlantic
Not very hopeful at the moment
Prayers and thoughts go out to all the families affected
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My end of the news says it's a A320, didn't think it could fly that distance on one tank...
I sure hope they find the plane, for the family sake.
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A330-200, reports of electrical issues.
Have tuned in to CNN, it's an Airbus 330, AF447
Seems to have had electrical failure as a result of severe stormy weather
heres the exact aircraft FGZCP AF http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-F...2989c185f80417
we pray for their souls.
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Is the guess that the a/c has gone down?
I hope it all turns out ok.
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That would be my guess.
It would be nice to see the radar return replay as this was happening to know whether or not they could have succesfully ditched and had survivors.
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Its a real shame.
I hope they did get it down ok.
Just hope for the best.
To add to what Tim said, he's more details on this aircraft and general in an amil i've just been sent:
Date: 01 JUN 2009
Time: ca 00:15
Type: Airbus A330-203
Operator: Air France
C/n / msn: 660
First flight: 2005
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-80E1A3
Crew: Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Passengers: Fatalities: 216 / Occupants: 216
Total: Fatalities: 228 / Occupants: 228
Airplane damage: Missing
Location: Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport, RJ (GIG)
Destination airport: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
An Air France Airbus A330-200 went missing on transatlantic flight from Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport, RJ (GIG) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airplane carried 12 crew members an 216 passengers. Flight AF447 departed at 19:03 local time (May 31) from Rio de Janeiro (GIG). Last radio contact with the flight was at 01:33 UTC. The crew was in contact with the Atlantic Area Control Centre (CINDACTA III) when the flight reported over the INTOL waypoint, estimating TASIL at 02:20 UTC. INTOL is an RNAV waypoint located in the Atlantic Ocean, 565 km from Natal, Brazil. The TASIL waypoint is located 1228 kilometers from Natal. TASIL is at the border of the Recife FIR and Dakar Oceanic FIR. At 01:48 UTC the aircraft went out of the radar coverage of CINDACTA III, Fernando de Noronha. Information indicated that the aircraft flew normally at FL350 and a speed of 453 kts. The aircraft reportedly went through a thunderstorm with strong turbulence at 02:00 UTC. An automated message was delivered by 02:14 UTC indicating a loss of pressurization and failure in the electrical system, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence reported. A search was initiated by Brazilian authorities at 05:33 UTC. The airplane has not yet been found; the fatality index is feared, not confirmed.
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AIRCRAFT PROFILE AIRBUS A330
- Last fatal accident involving a Airbus A330: 30-JUN-1994 Airbus A330-321 F-WWKH Airbus Industrie - 7 fatalties (5450 days ago)
- Total number of hull-losses: 4 (of which 2 were accidents)
- worst accident involving a Airbus A330
- Survival rate for all fatal Airbus A330 accidents: on average 0.0 % of all occupants survived fatal accidents
COUNTRY PROFILE ATLANTIC OCEAN
- Last fatal airliner/bizjet accident in Atlantic Ocean: 15-DEC-2008 BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2 N650LP Línea Aérea Puertorriqueña (LAP) - 12 fatalities (168 days ago)
- Total number of fatal airliner/bizjet accidents: 85
- Total number of airliner/bizjet fatalities: 1865
- 2nd worst airliner/bizjet accident in Atlantic Ocean
- The country is rated Cat. - in FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA)
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