Air France Jet Disappears Over Atlantic

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Air France Jet Disappears Over Atlantic

USA Today reports that all passengers are feared dead after the Air France jet hit a heavy turbulence and thunderstorms in its flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. The search area where the plane may have gone down is vast and "Brazil's military searched for the plane off its northeast coast, while the French military scoured the Atlantic off the West African coast near the Cape Verde Islands." The last contact with the flight was at 10PM EST on Sunday evening. While there is speculation that the plane may have been struck by lightning, meteorologists suspect that the tragedy may have began when the jet ran into a tropical storm, which have a tendency to be more violent than thunderstorms in the United States and elsewhere.


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