June 1, 2009
Posted: 1820 GMT
It looks like today might be the day Air France suffers the worst air disaster in its long history. Not since a Concorde flight crashed on take-off in Paris has French aviation had such a dark day.
We will be live in Paris' charles de Gaulle airport where Jim Bittermann is reporting live on the anxious wait of friends and family of the 228 passengers and crew of AF flight 447, traveling from Rio to Paris, though all now probably know that the chances that their loved ones are still alive is virtually nil.
French military planes have been sent to the immense area where authorities believe the plane may have come down in the middle of the night and in the middle of the ocean.
There are several theories: electrical failure is one of them, a lightning strike is another, or a combination of both. But minutes ago, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, visiting the crisis center at CDG Airport, said that other causes have not been "excluded."
Could it be foul play or other mechanical issues? Can we ever know if we never recover the plane's black boxes? I'll be talking to an aviation accident investigator for more on that angle.
Also today, we're looking at the partial death of an iconic American company. General Motors files for bankruptcy protection and a new chapter in corporate America starts with the automaker's future far from certain.
The U.S. government now owns a majority of GM, and Barack Obama wants to make sure free market loving Americans don't panic: "I have no interest in running" General Motors he told the country from the White House. We'll cover all angles of this major story.
That, and the rest of the day's top news stories as always, live at the I-Desk.
See you on TV!
International Desk brings viewers into the heart of the largest news gathering operation in the world. Viewers don't come here to watch the news; they come here to be immersed in it. To feel the rush of being the first to know what's happening as stories break, and to leave knowing they've gotten the best and latest information available. The show airs Mon-Fri at 1900 CET.