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Air France jet missing

Airlines replace monitors after Air France crash

Airlines moved quickly Tuesday to replace speed monitors like those suspected of feeding false information to the computers on Air France Flight 447 and possibly causing the plane to break up over the Atlantic Ocean. Full story

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Airbus A330-200

The Airbus A330-200 is a large-capacity, wide-body, twin-engine, medium-to-long-range commercial passenger airliner often used for transatlantic flights.

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Official: No black box signals from Flight 447

2009-06-23 12:33:40 GMT SINA.com French military ships searching for the black boxes of Flight 447 have detected sounds in the Atlantic depths but they are not from the Air France plane's flight recorders, French officials said Tuesday.

Air France to compensate families of plane crash victims

2009-06-19 19:27:56 GMT Xinhua English PARIS, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Air France announced Friday that it will pay about 17,500 euros (about 24,000 U.S. dollars) as an initial compensation to the families of the victims of the Flight 447 air crash on June 1.

Brazil, France deny rift over jet disaster probe

2009-06-19 06:23:49 GMT SINA.com Brazilian and French officials denied that a rift had opened between their teams examining bodies recovered from an Air France jet that plunged into the Atlantic, as the search for answers to the disaster continued.

Autopsies suggest Air France jet broke up in sky

2009-06-18 06:14:01 GMT SINA.com Autopsies have revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France disaster victims, injuries that — along with the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic — strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air, experts said Wednesday.

Autopsies suggest Air France jet broke up in sky

2009-06-18 01:32:30 GMT SINA.com SAO PAULO – Autopsies have revealed fractures in the legs, hips and arms of Air France disaster victims, injuries that — along with the large pieces of wreckage pulled from the Atlantic — strongly suggest the plane broke up in the air, experts said Wednesday.

49 bodies retrieved so far from doomed Air France jetliner: Brazil

2009-06-15 04:38:27 GMT Xinhua English BRASILIA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- A total of 49 bodies had so far been recovered from the Air France passenger plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two weeks ago, the Brazilian navy said on Sunday.

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41 bodies from the Air France flight AF447 recovered

2009-06-09 22:53:07 GMT Xinhua English BRASILIA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Lieutenant Brigadier Ramon Cardoso said on Tuesday night in Recife city, north of Brazil, that they have recovered 41 bodies of the victims from the aerial accident of the Air France Airbus 330.

Air France says no hope of finding survivors

2009-06-04 15:20:39 GMT Xinhua English PARIS, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Air France has told families of passengers on Flight 447 that there is no hope that anyone aboard the plane could have survived, the media reported on Thursday.

China mourns victims onboard crashed Air France jet

2009-06-04 08:43:28 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of victims onboard the crashed Air France jet which included nine Chinese citizens.

Chinese passenger insured for US$1.4m

2009-06-04 00:48:31 GMT China Daily Beneficiaries of one of the Chinese passengers onboard Air France Flight 447 may get 9.6 million yuan ($1.4 million) in insurance, the largest amount ever paid to an individual in China.

China company confirms identities of staff on board missing Air France plane

2009-06-03 12:39:45 GMT Xinhua English SHENYANG, June 3 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese company confirmed Wednesday the identities of its six staff members who were on board the Air France jet that vanished over the Atlantic.

Chinese scientist confirmed on board missing Air France plane

2009-06-03 07:41:52 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confirmed here Wednesday that Xiao Xiang, an associate research fellow of its Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, was on board the Air France jetliner that vanished in the Atlantic Monday.

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Chinese families of Air France victims arrive in Paris

2009-06-10 07:29:29 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, June 10 -- Chinese Ambassador to France Kong Quan and Air France’s CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon greeted the relatives to the missing victims at the airport. Soon the families came out with packages. Most of them wore sun-glasses, accompanied with staff from Air France and Chinese embassy.

Memorial service for Air France victims

2009-06-04 06:42:53 GMT Xinhua English A church service was held in Notre-Dame cathedral on Wednesday. The Air France Airbus A330-200, Flight 447, bound for Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, lost contact with the control center shortly after its takeoff from Rio de Janeiro on Sunday at 7 p.m. local time (2200 GMT).

Flight 447 mystery

2009-06-04 02:25:08 GMT SINA.com Newsy.com tracks sources covering the crash of Air France flight 447. Is there too much speculation?

What caused plane crash?

2009-06-03 02:24:08 GMT SINA.com Aviation expert John Nance discusses the Air France Flight 447 debris.

Grieving relatives of missing jet victims

2009-06-02 07:06:09 GMT Xinhua English An Air France airliner with 228 people onboard missing over the Atlantic Ocean after its takeoff from Rio de Janeiro on Sunday was probably hit by lightning and suffered an electrics failure while flying through an Atlantic storm, said Air France on Monday.

'Little chance of finding survivors' on missing airliner

2009-06-02 02:12:53 GMT SINA.com Nicolas Sarkozy says there is little hope of finding survivors following the disappearance of an Air France jet over the Atlantic Ocean.