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 We are very worried, The plane disappeared from the screens several hours ago. It could be a transponder problem, but this kind of fault is very rare and the plane did not land when expected. 
— an aviation official in Paris interviewed by Agence France-Presse / June 01, 2009
 Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from flight AF 447, which was flying on the Rio de Janeiro - Paris Charles de Gaulle route and was scheduled to arrive at 11.15 a.m. today (5:15 a.m. EDT) 
— Air France spokesman / June 01, 2009
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 It's almost unthinkable for a western European airline just to go missing like this. 
— A UK airline safety expert / June 01, 2009
 [the lack of communication with the aircraft] does suggest it was something serious and catastrophic. It is an extremely young fleet by aviation standards, The A330 is state of the art with extremely reliable engines made by General Electric. 
— Transport analyst Kieran Daly on the Air plane / June 01, 2009
 It has very good range, and is extremely popular with airlines because of its versatility 
— CNN air travel expert Richard Quest on the plane / June 01, 2009

 Air France regrets to announce that it is without news from Air France flight 447 flying from Rio to Paris, Air France shares the emotion and worry of the families concerned. 
— an official with the French government's transport agency / June 01, 2009
 Most frequently accidents occur on approaching to landing, The next most frequent is on takeoff. Generally, during climb, and beyond, en route, you have very few accidents. With no information, we can't even speculate about it. 
— Paul Hayes, director of safety at Ascend, an aviation consultant in the U.K on the missing Air France plane / June 01, 2009
 It would have to be a very unusual series of failure to lose all radio systems, If there is no information from the flight it would indicate a catastrophic systems failure. 
— David Gleave, a senior aviation safety investigator / June 01, 2009
 Pilots make verbal reports of their position approximately every 20 to 30 minutes using High Frequency radio and the plane sends a GPS position report to Air Traffic Control and also to the airline itself, The airplane knows its own position. Radar can't see beyond the horizon. If a transmitter is at ground level the most you are going to get is about 200 miles beyond the coast. 
— Aviation expert David Learmount / June 01, 2009
 It was well advanced over the Atlantic when we had the last contact 
— spokesman for Brazil's air force about the Air France flight / June 01, 2009