The Ambassador to Iceland in Washington was notified yesterday that an Icelandic man in his forties was among the 230 passengers onboard the Air France airplane that went missing between Rio de Janeiro and Paris on Sunday night.
According to Morgunbladid, the man’s relatives have been notified that he was onboard the airplane but his name has not been revealed to the media. People from more than 30 different nationalities were onboard the airplane, most of whom were Brazilian and French citizens.
Radar connection with the airplane was lost around 1:30 am on June 1. It is unclear what happened to the aircraft and search continues.
The aircraft had transmitted an automatic message of failure in the radar system after going through turbulence. It was located in an area known for thunderstorms so some have suggested that it was hit by lighting.
Others doubt lighting could have caused the failure since airplanes are hit by lighting regularly without serious consequence.
RÚV reported that this is the most serious incident in the history of Air France.