Air France Jet Missing Over Atlantic

An Air France official says the airline has lost contact with a plane carrying 228 people from Brazil to Paris.

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Now to another story we're following this morning. A search is underway for an Air France plane that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. It was traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people onboard. It left Rio at 7:00 PM local time, last night. About four hours later, the plane sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems. An Air France official said the plane had encountered strong turbulence. He said it's possible that it was struck by lightning. We'll bring you more as we learn it. You can follow this story at our news blog, The Two-Way at NPR.org/twoway.

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