Air France says the airbus jet that disappeared en route from Rio DE Janeiro to Paris sent an automatic signal indicating electrical problems while going through an area of strong turbulence.
Air France said in a statement Monday morning the plane that carried 228 on Board ``crossed through a thunderous zone with strong turbulence'' at 0200 gmt Monday (10:00 p.m. edt sunday). It says ``an automatic message was received at 0214 gmt (10:14 p.m. edt Sunday) signaling electrical circuit malfunction.''
The airline says the 216 passengers included one infant, seven children, 82 women and 126 men.
Aviation experts say it's clear the plane is no longer in the air. They say "it's probable something catastrophic happened on board" that caused the plane to ditch so quickly the pilot didn't have a chance to make an emergency call.