Segun parece ya esta confirmado lo del accidente del AF447 con destino al aeropueto CdG de Paris, Francia. Terrible, pero quiza un poco llamativo de una empresa como Air France y de un avion tan fiable como era el A332.
Segun Clarin:Intensifican la bÃºsqueda del aviÃ³n de Air France que desapareciÃ³ en el AtlÃ¡nticoTres navÃos de la Marina brasileÃ±a su sumaron al operativo de la Fuerza AÃ©rea. El Airbus A330 iba de RÃo a ParÃs con 228 personas a bordo. Antes de perder contacto, reportÃ³ una falla del circuito elÃ©ctrico."CatÃ¡strofe aÃ©rea". Con esas temibles palabras resumiÃ³ esta maÃ±ana el presidente de Air France, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, la desapariciÃ³n del aviÃ³n que habÃa partido ayer por la tarde desde RÃo de Janeiro con 228 personas a bordo y desapareciÃ³ por completo de los registros de los radares. En estos momentos, las operaciones de bÃºsqueda son intensas y la Fuerza AÃ©rea y la Marina de Brasil refuerzan los trabajos de rastreo.
AsÃ, tres barcos de la Marina se sumaron al equipo de bÃºsqueda, que iniciÃ³ sus trabajos esta maÃ±ana con aviones de la Fuerza AÃ©rea BrasileÃ±a (un HÃ©rcules C-130, un P-95 Bandeirante de patrulla marÃtima y el EscuadrÃ³n Aeroterrestre de Salvamento) que partieron de la base de Recife.
Un comunicado de Air France informÃ³ que el aviÃ³n â€“en el que viajaban 216 pasajeros (126 hombres, 82 mujeres, siete niÃ±os y un bebÃ©) y 12 tripulantes- enviÃ³ un mensaje automÃ¡tico seÃ±alando "un fallo del circuito elÃ©ctrico". El comunicado agregÃ³ que la aeronave, un Airbus A330-200, "atravesÃ³ una zona de tormenta con fuerte turbulencia". SegÃºn informÃ³ Francois Brousse, director de ComunicaciÃ³n de la aerolÃnea francesa, lo "mÃ¡s probable" es que el aviÃ³n "haya sido fulminado por un rayo".
TambiÃ©n la Fuerza AÃ©rea BrasileÃ±a (FAB) informÃ³ que el vuelo 447 de Air France transmitiÃ³ un mensaje automÃ¡tico de "falla en el circuito elÃ©ctrico y despresurizaciÃ³n". Y confirmÃ³ que el Ãºltimo contacto con los pilotos fue realizado a las 22:33, cuando estaba 565 kilÃ³metros al noreste de la ciudad de Natal, cerca del archipiÃ©lago de Fernando de Noronha.
En ese Ãºltimo contacto informÃ³ que a las 23:20 entrarÃa en contacto nuevamente pero ya bajo el espacio aÃ©reo de Senegal, pero nunca se recibiÃ³ esa seÃ±al. En el medio fue recibido el mensaje automÃ¡tico. Cuando la aeronave saliÃ³ del Ã¡rea de cobertura de los radares brasileÃ±os volaba a 35.000 pies de altitud y a 840 kilÃ³metros por hora.
La FAB comenzÃ³ un intenso operativo de bÃºsqueda para dar con la aeronave. El coronel Henry Munhoz de la AeronÃ¡utica sostuvo que los sobrevuelos se realizan a partir de la isla de Fernando de Noronha, sobre el ocÃ©ano AtlÃ¡ntico.
El avion involucrado: El Airbus A330-200 F-GZCP
La ruta del accidente:
En la pagina de Air Disaster hay algo un poco mas completo acerca del accidente pero esta en ingles. Sepan disculpar eso:
SAO PAULO â€“ A missing Air France jet carrying 228 people from Rio de Janeiro to Paris ran into lightning and strong thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said Monday. Brazil began a search mission off its northeastern coast.
Chief Air France spokesman Francois Brousse said "it is possible" that the plane was hit by lightning.
Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330, left Rio on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time (2200 GMT, 6 p.m. EDT) with 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board, company spokeswoman Brigitte Barrand.
About four hours later, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through strong turbulence, Air France said.
The plane "crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence" at 0200 GMT Monday (10 p.m. EDT Sunday). An automatic message was received fourteen minutes later "signaling electrical circuit malfunction."
Brazil's Air Force said the last contact it had with the Air France jet was at 0136 GMT (9:30 p.m. EDT Sunday), but did not say where the plane was at that time.
Brazil's air force was searching near the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, about 300 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of the coastal city of Natal, a spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.
The region is about 1,500 miles northeast of Rio.
The head of investigation and accident prevention for Brazil's Civil Aeronautics Agency, Douglas Ferreira Machado, told Brazil's Globo TV that he believes the plane must have left Brazilian waters and could have been near the coast of Africa by the time contact was lost, based on the speed it was traveling.
"It's going to take a long time to carry out this search," he said. "It could be a long, sad story. The black box will be at the bottom of the sea."
Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, at a news conference at Charles de Gaulle Airport north of Paris, said the pilot had 11,000 hours of flying experience, including 1,700 hours flying this aircraft. No name was released.
Aviation experts said the risk the plane was brought down by lightning was slim.
"Lightning issues have been considered since the beginning of aviation. They were far more prevalent when aircraft operated at low altitudes. They are less common now since it's easier to avoid thunderstorms," said Bill Voss, president and CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, Alexandria, Va.
He said planes have specific measures built in to help dissipate electricity along the aircraft's skin.
"I cannot recall in recent history any examples of aircraft being brought down by lightning," he told The Associated Press.
Experts said it was clear the plane was not in the air any longer, due to the amount of fuel it would have been carrying.
"The conclusion to be drawn is that something catastrophic happened on board that has caused this airplane to ditch in a controlled or an uncontrolled fashion," Jane's Aviation analyst Chris Yates told The Associated Press.
"I would suggest that potentially it went down very quickly and so quickly that the pilot on board didn't have a chance to make that emergency call," Yates said, adding that the possibilities ranged from mechanical failure to terrorism.
Families who arrived to meet passengers on board were cordoned off, away from reporters, at a special Air France information center at the Charles de Gaulle airport. That center said 60 French citizens were on the plane. Italy said at least three passengers were Italian.
"Air France shares the emotion and worry of the families concerned," Barrand said.
The flight was supposed to arrive in Paris at 0915 GMT (5:15 a.m. EDT), according to the airport.
Airbus said it was cooperating with transport authorities and Air France, but would not further comment until more details emerged.
"Our thoughts are with the passengers and with the families of the passengers," said Airbus spokeswoman Maggie Bergsma.
The Airbus A330-200 is a twin-engine, long-haul, medium-capacity passenger jet that is 58.8 meters (190 feet) long. It is a shortened version of the standard A330, and can hold up to 253 passengers. It first went into service in 1998 and there are 341 in use worldwide today. It can fly up to 7,760 miles (12,500 kilometers).
French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his "extreme worry" and planned to visit the Charles de Gaulle airport later Monday.