June 1, 2009 / 12:25 PM / 9 years ago

Air France plane could have been hit by lightning

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - An Air France plane that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean could have been struck by lightning, a spokesman for the carrier said.

“The plane might have been struck by lightning. It’s a possibility,” said Francois Brousse, head of communications at Air France.

Earlier, Air France said the plane had reported an electrical fault via an automatic message that was sent after it flew through a stormy area with very strong turbulence. (Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt and Clement Guillou; editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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