Air France Jet Missing; 228 Onboard

Was headed to Paris from Rio de Janeiro
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2009 5:48 AM CDT
Air France employees stand at empty boarding desks at Roissy airport, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – An Air France plane carrying 228 people to Paris from Rio de Janeiro is missing, the BBC reports. “We are very worried,” an official told AFP. “The plane disappeared from the screens several hours ago.” He said a transponder problem is possible, but unlikely. Flight AF-447, which was due in at 5:10am EST, is an Airbus 330, Reuters notes. Brazil's air force has reportedly begun a search and rescue mission near the island of Fernando de Noronha.