Jun 1, 2009 | 33
Airline officials say that an electrical storm may have been to blame for the disappearance of Paris-bound Air France Flight 447 between Natal, Brazil, and Africa last night. The flight, which was carrying 228 people, last had contact with air traffic controllers at about 10:33 P.M. local time. The plane sent an automatic message about 15 minutes later noting that there was a "fault in an electronic circuit," reports the London Times.
"The most likely thing is that the plane was hit by lightning," Air France's director of communications, Francois Brouse said, the Times reports. "The plane was in a stormy area with strong turbulence," he said. Search crews have been dispatched to look for wreckage by air and water, but the plane remains missing. "It's certainly no longer in the air now," said Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, the airline's CEO. "It would have run out of fuel."
Apr 6, 2009
Hurricanes are some of the deadliest storms on the planet, and scientists predict they'll pack even stronger punches as climate change advances. After forming over tropical oceans, these tempests wreak havoc once they make landfall, bringing with them winds of up to 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour, storm surges and even tornados. As hurricanes approach the shore, satellites and weather radar can help project when and where a storm will hit. But forecasters have been stumped when it comes to predicting when they'll hit peak strength. New research promises to solve this problem by keeping tabs on – of all things – lightning, which until recently, was believed to be rare in such storms.
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