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What's being said on the web

The following are some of the comments being posted on the web in connection with the missing Air France plane:

Brazilian air force's Col Jorge Amaral confirming the sighting - translated

Tim Vasquez at weathergraphics.com

gives a detailed meteorological analysis:

Overall what we know for sure is weather was a factor and the flight definitely crossed through a thunderstorm complex. There is a definite correlation of weather with the crash. However the analysis indicates that the weather is not anything particularly exceptional in terms of instability or storm structure. It's my opinion that tropical storm complexes identical to this one have probably been crossed hundreds of times over the years by other flights without serious incident.

Airline pilot and blogger Dave disagrees with experts he's heard on the TV:

A bolt of lightning could easily wreck an aircraft and cause a crash by itself. Yes, lightning strikes on aircraft occur everyday. I have been struck many times over my career. Usually, it is a non-event causing only minor damage or none at all. However, if an aircraft is in the vicinity of a very large thunderstorm, it could be struck by a super bolt of lightning reeking (sic) total havoc with disastrous results.

On the air traffic controllers' forum Stuck Mic, Caminito speculates about the disappearance of the plane:

Could it be possible that the aircraft was kidnapped by aviation knowledgeable people, forced the crew to send the "automatic" message and then continued in silence to land somewhere in the enormous Amazonas region or in Africa?

In Brazil, Rio de Janeiro lawyer Hogan H sends his condolences and reflected a raft of messages on blogs:

Today is sad day in Rio de Janeiro. It's raining softly but continually like a crying. Tears for the missing, the weather seems feel the sorrow of the families and from everyone that is touched by this tragedy.


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