An Air France Flight 447 with 228 people on board flying to Paris vanished over the Atlantic Ocean after encountering towering thunderstorms. There had been an automated message that the electrical system had failed. A vast search began on Monday, but all aboard were feared killed.
If there are no survivors, it would be the world’s worst aviation disaster since 2001.
The plane was cruising normally at 35,000 feet (10,670 meters) and 522 mph (840 kph) just before it disappeared nearly four hours into the flight. No trouble was reported as the plane left radar contact, beyond Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha archipelago, at 10:48 local time.
It is reported that four Indians were part of the passengers of the ill-fated plane.