- Title: BRAZIL: Rio's French consul helps relatives of Air France passengers
- Date: 4th June 2009
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JUNE 01, 2009) (REUTERS) PANORAMIC VIEW OF AIR FRANCE CHECK-IN DESK AIR FRANCE CHECK-IN DESK VARIOUS OF RIO DE JANEIRO'S FRENCH CONSUL, HUGUES GOISBAULT, IN AIRPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) RIO DE JANEIRO'S FRENCH CONSUL, HUGUES GOISBAULT, SAYING "This is the worst accident since the creation of Air France, 70 years ago." MEDIA IN AIRPORT BRAZIL'S ROYAL FAMILY AIDE, CARLOS EDUARDO ARTAGAO, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS IN AIRPORT (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL'S ROYAL FAMILY AIDE, CARLOS EDUARDO ARTAGAO, SAYING "We were informed by his (Pedro Luis Orleans e Braganca) aunt, Mrs. Isabel, also princess, who told us he was aboard this plane." JOURNALISTS IN AIRPORT
- Embargoed: 19th June 2009 13:00
- Location: Brazil
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA98CDJLMRN6MSMR5NPAFM9RT12
- Story Text: Rio de Janeiro's French consul, Hugues Goisbault, speaks to relatives of passengers aboard Air France flight which disappeared over Atlantic Ocean.
The French consul in Rio de Janeiro, Hugues Goisbault, said on Monday (June 1) that the Air France flight that vanished over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 on board was the airliner's worst tragedy in its 70 years of existence.
Goisbault, who spent the day at the international airport's crisis center, spoke to the passengers' friends and relatives and offered his condolences.
The carrier has said 216 passengers and 12 crew members were on board the flight that went missing on Sunday night over the Atlantic Ocean.
"This is the worst accident since the creation of Air France, 70 years ago," said Goisbault.
A descendant of Brazil's royal family Orleans e Braganca was also on board the plane according to a royal aide.
Royal aide Carlos Eduardo Artagao said 26-year-old Pedro Luis Orleans e Braganca was on the Air France flight.
"We were informed by his (Pedro Luis Orleans e Braganca) aunt, Mrs. Isabel, also princess, who told us he was aboard this plane," he told reporters in Rio's airport.
Military planes took off from the island of Fernando de Noronha off Brazil's northeast coast to look for it and the Brazilian navy sent three ships to help in the search.
France sent one of its air force planes from west Africa.
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