June 1, 2009
Posted: 1820 GMT

Hello everyone,

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!


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SensibleAli   June 1st, 2009 7:05 pm ET

"the automaker’s future far from certain" – Obama is gambling for high stakes, after only a few weeks in office. He likes to put himself on same level with Lincoln ... Why are only the big ones rescued? GM being 'iconic' or not ... socialism is seeing its dawn again.

Vladimir FIlakovac   June 2nd, 2009 5:01 pm ET

Would I be more affraid of driving after I hear of a car crash? Yes, because it happens so often. Airplane crashes thankfully happen less ofthen so I am not more affraid of flying.

Nick Iacovou   June 2nd, 2009 8:08 pm ET

Flight 447

It's a sad day in aviation history, especially for the grieving famlies. My condolinces to the berieved families, but this should not deter people from flying. I believe the plane was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The plane's destiny was already written once the plane came of the assembly line, & the fate of all the souls on board.

Nick Iacovou

Akachukwu   June 5th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

I love wise-crafts...and definitely love flying...but we also definitely and desperately want to know what happend out there...and so those the victim families...let authorities continue the search

maxine veritas   June 6th, 2009 12:19 pm ET

Apparently there is no plane. Did someone decide to make a Lost series with real characters?

There are some alternative hypotesis, like crash with a military plane, or maybe a kidnapping that there is no interest in the midia to divulge?

In relation to the search, all the eyes closed to the last existent localization of the plane by the radars to follow the location of the supposed debris that do not exist.

The Brazillian Aviation did not disclose any image of the debris. Only military people watching by binoculars and images of the plain sea.

When a plane falls on the sea it floats. And any small GPS shows by satellite where we are. Perhaps a plane like the Airbus doesn´t have a little GPS to send signals...

And what about the military satellites that can see even a barbecue on your neighbor´s house. Don´t they have the ability to scan through the infrared the region?

Neither there is no article on the global midia that question theses facts.

Total silence.

What a wonderful world...

grama vasile   June 7th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

a few days ago,when first debris has been found,there was like not belonging to 447 flight;after,rescuers found debris of 447;It might be that two planes hit each other in the air?

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