Two Dutch on missing Air France plane

2nd June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two Dutch citizens were among the 216 passengers on board the Air France plane that disappeared in a storm in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.

Paris – Two Dutch citizens were on board an Air France flight feared lost over the Atlantic, officials said Tuesday.

An earlier list confirmed a Dutchman was included on the Airbus A330 228-passenger list. The second Dutch citizen is a woman living in Brazil for a number of years. She was travelling to South Korea via Paris on a business trip, according to her brother-in-law.

The plane carrying 216 passengers was travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris when it flew into a storm and sent an automatic error message reporting a fault in an electrical circuit, 

Aviation officials report the plane was most likely hit by lightning.

Four hours into the flight, Brazilian radar lost the aircraft and it failed to reappear on the radar at the Cape Verde Islands.

A daytime search by eight Brazilian air force aircraft doing visual sweeps did not turn up anything.

The search continued overnight with a transport aircraft fitted with equipment to detect the plane's emergency beacon and another with onboard radar and infrared gear that could detect bodies in the water.

The passengers on board the plane included 126 men, 82 women, seven children and a baby. There were 11 French and one Brazilian crew while the passengers came from 32 countries, including 61 from France, 58 from Brazil and 26 from Germany.

An earlier statement gave a different breakdown of passengers, which may be due to many Brazilians having two passports.

A crisis centre has been set up at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Air France-KLM has also set up an information number in the Netherlands: 0033-157021055.
Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica

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