Aircraft Wreckage Found in Rio-Paris Flight Path

 - June 2, 2009, 6:16 AM

Brazilian search teams this morning found aircraft debris, such as seats, floating in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 nm northeast of the Brazilian coastline more than a day after an Air France A330-200 disappeared while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, according to published reports. The aircraft, carrying 228 passengers and crewmembers, lost radio contact with controllers on Sunday evening while over the ocean as it entered an area of thunderstorm activity near the equator. The airplane’s Acars sent several signals to Air France’s maintenance department indicating that some avionics systems had malfunctioned. Air France said it has no reason to suspect terrorism as a cause of the accident. The airplane was scheduled to land yesterday at 11:15 a.m. Paris time.