Search aircraft scoured wide swaths of the South Atlantic yesterday in search of any trace of the Air France A330-200 that lost contact with Brazilian ATC after possibly encountering a severe thunderstorm Sunday night. AF Flight 447 departed Rio de Janeiro Galeao at 7:30 p.m. local time May 31 carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew. Contact with the aircraft was lost approximately 3.5 hr. later, shortly after the pilots reported encountering heavy turbulence some 360 mi. off Brazil's northeast ...

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