Violeta Bajenaru-Declerck is the name of the Romanian passengers who was flying yesterday from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with Air France Airbus. The plane transporting 228 people disappeared yesterday from the radar above the Atlantic Ocean, around 06:00 GMT.
There were 216 passengers and 12 staff members on board. 8 passengers were children, according to Air France representatives, quoted by CNN. According to the passengers list released by Air France, there were 61 French, 58 Brazilians, 26 Germans, 9 Italian, 9 Chinese and one Romanian - Violeta Bajenaru-Declerck - on board.
Violeta Bajenaru-Declerck was teaching International Relations at Ecole Superieure du Bois.
The passengers’ families may call Air France at 0033 157021055.
A Brazilian military source said the plane was high above the Atlantic Ocean when it disappeared.
The Airbus A330-200took off from Rio de Janiero on Sunday at 7 P.M.(the local time) and
Was expected to land in Paris at 11:15 A.M (the local time).
There is a currently a crises cell on airport Charles de Gaulle in Paris. A search and rescue mission is taking place around Fernando de Noronha Brazilian island, 365 km away from the shore.
France dispatched a plane from Senegal to help with the rescue mission. The Government in Paris asked for the help of the Pentagon.
The French authorities rejected the hypothesis of an abduction scenario, saying that it was most probably a scenario. Air France declared that the pilot had an experience of over 11,000 hours of flight and 1,700 hours of practice with on a A330-200. The plane that disappeared on Monday was serving since April 2005 and accumulated a total of 19,000 flight hours.