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    Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    "An airbus from Air France has disappeared from the radars a few hours ago. It took off from Rio de Janeiro and should have landed in Paris 2 hours ago.

    There were 215 passengers and 16 crew members inside of the Airbus."

    7s7 Monde - 228 personnes et un avion ont disparu des radars (872199)

    Wow I hope the pilot has successfully crash-landed his plane and that the rescue teams hurry the **** up, because I don't think they'll stay alive more than 6 hours in the water if they've not be killed during the crash

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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    I don't like being pessimistic, but odds are big that a disaster has happened. What is their chance for survival if they hit the sea? It's a heavy plane, it'll sink pretty fast.
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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    I don't like being pessimistic, but odds are big that a disaster has happened. What is their chance for survival if they hit the sea? It's a heavy plane, it'll sink pretty fast.
    Apparently the problem is not that it sinks fast or not, it is that it is likely to have exploded when it hit the water

    While there have been several 'successful' (survivable) water landings by narrow-body and propeller-driven airliners, few commercial jets have ever touched down 'perfectly' on water. There has been a good deal of popular controversy over the efficiency of life vests and rafts. For example, Ralph Nader's Aviation Consumer Action Project had been quoted as saying that a wide body jet would “shatter like a raw egg dropped on pavement, killing most if not all passengers on impact, even in calm seas with well-trained pilots and good landing trajectories."[1]

    Also, in December 2002, The Economist had quoted an expert as claiming that "No large airliner has ever made an emergency landing on water" in an article that goes on to charge, "So the life jackets ... have little purpose other than to make passengers feel better."[2][3] This idea was repeated in The Economist in September 2006 in an article which reported that "in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero."[4]
    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_landing]Water landing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    It sounds like it may have gone down over land. Jungle. The flight from Rio to Paris crosses a big piece of Brazil before it goes over the ocean.

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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    They say it might have been struck by lightning.
    Air France said the plane sent an automatic message at 0214 GMT reporting a short circuit after turbulence, and may have been struck by lightning.
    BBC NEWS | Americas | French plane lost over Atlantic

    What kind of a modern plane crashes from a lightning hit?
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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    They say it might have been struck by lightning.
    BBC NEWS | Americas | French plane lost over Atlantic

    What kind of a modern plane crashes from a lightning hit?
    I saw a show on Discovery Channel about this. Most planes can survive normal lightning strikes. But there is something called "sprite lighting" (I think I am remembering that correctly) that is much more powerful. That may be what happened here.
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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    They say it might have been struck by lightning.
    BBC NEWS | Americas | French plane lost over Atlantic

    What kind of a modern plane crashes from a lightning hit?
    Not long ago, a modern jet (747) crashed in Long Island Sound from a low voltage static spark .

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    Re: Air France plane disappears above the atlantic

    Whenever I travel internationally, I always say a little prayer inside. It's really eerie when you are flying right over the middle of the ocean and there is no land nearby for an emergency landing. They show you the status of the flight and an arrow that says "you are here"... and the plane is in the middle of nowhere. I'm not afraid of flying generally, but it's at that point that I feel the most tense.

    If a plane goes down in the middle of the ocean, it's lost. All of the safety procedures they brief you on are pretty much useless 95% of the time. If the engines die in mid air, then the plane will do a high velocity descent and break up on impact. Water is more dense than concrete when impacted at high velocity. Just imagining it makes my spine shiver.

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