Six Swiss aboard missing flight

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Over 200 Brazilians and Europeans were on an Air France flight lost over the Atlantic.

Paris -- Seventy-three French, 58 Brazilians, and 26 Germans were among the 228 people of 32 nationalities on an Air France flight feared lost over the Atlantic, officials said Monday.

The updated breakdown was given by French Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo and confirmed by Air France, which said the Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight likely went down after a storm that caused an electrical fault.

The airline said the Airbus A330 had on board 126 men, 82 women, seven children and one baby. The French crew was made up of 12 members, including nine cabin crew, it added.

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

The latest Air France breakdown said nine Chinese, nine Italians, five Britons, six Swiss, five Lebanese, four Hungarians and three Irish were among the missing.

French tyre manufacturer Michelin said three of its executives -- including its South America president Luiz Roberto Anastacio, who is Brazilian -- were on the flight.

French bank BNP Paribas denied rumours that one of its senior executives was on board.

AFP / Expatica

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