Missing Rio-Paris flight relatives search for news

Photo: Air France

Brazilian TV and other media have shown pictures of worried family and friends in search of information about passengers on board flight AF 447 from Rio de Janeiro, which disappeared as it headed for Paris.

It has been suggested the plane with 228 people on board may have been struck by lightning, though experts say this is usually not enough to bring a modern passenger jet down.

The Airbus A330, left Rio de Janeiro on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time, (11pm GMT-6 p.m EDT), but around four hours later, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through heavy turbulence.

Those connected to passengers on the Air France flight have so far had difficulty obtaining information, according to government news agency Agencia Brasil.

When relations and those connected to passengers on the Air France flight arrived at Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim airport they found the airline’s counter closed and were directed to a sitation room put in place by the Brazilian airport authorities agency (Infraero).

“I came to the airport because I wasn’t able to get any information and my parents are very anxious,” one relation in search of news told the news agency.

Brazilian Air Force jets have been scouring waters around Fernando da Noronha off the North-East coast of the country for any potential signs of wreckage.

Air France has set up special free telephone numbers for relatives.

The numbers are:
0800 800 812 in France
0800 881 20 20 in Brazil,
and + 33 1 57 02 10 55 for calls from all other countries.

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