Possible parts of Air France jet found
It has been recently reported that what appear to be pieces of the Air France Airbus 330 jet that disappeared early Monday have been found in the Atlantic Ocean. Some objects and seats were spotted floating off of the island of Fernando de Noronha about 220 miles off of the coast of Brazil. Experts say that the wreckage is near what the flight path of the jet would have been.
Air France Flight 447, while carrying 228 people, encountered heavy turbulence and rains Monday shortly after it took off from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The plane was en route to Paris, France. Shortly after the plane encountered turbulence, its automatic system sent a series of messages to the company’s maintenance computers, informing them that “several pieces of aircraft equipment were at fault or had broken down.” Right around that same time, the jet went off radar. The jet also sent a message that it had lost pressure. The last known contact that the jet had with air traffic control was at 2:33 a.m. Monday morning. The jet was asked to check in again at 3:20 a.m., but it never did. A search was launched by the Brazilian air force 3 hours later. The plane was 4 years old and it had last had maintenance done to it on April 16. There is speculation that lightening struck the plane, which caused the plane problems, although a statistic from 2001 states that lightening hits every plane about once a year, almost always causing no problems.
For more information, see the article on CNN:
Also, see an article from the Wall Street Journal