Brazil's Air Force said an Air France jet bound from Rio de Janeiro to Paris disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean and a search is underway near the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha.
An Air Force spokesman said the search and rescue mission was mounted Monday morning after the jet failed to make regular radio contact.
The spokesman said he could not immediately divulge how many people were on board the jet, or the make or flight number of the Air France jet.
He spoke on condition of anonymity, in keeping with Air Force policy.
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