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More than 200 feared dead in Air France jet crash

1 June 2009

The Airbus A330 ploughed into ­thunderstorms and heavy turbulence four hours into an overnight flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris earlytoday . ­Fifteen minutes later, the aircraft reported ­electrical faults through an ­automated message. Then nothing.

In total 61 French people and 58 ­Brazilians were among the passengers on board AF flight 447, as well as 18 Germans and at least a dozen other nationalities. Seven children and a baby were aboard, as well as 12 French crew. There were slim hopes of survivors.

“‘It’s a tragic accident. The chances of finding survivors are tiny,”‘ said a sombre French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport.


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