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Missing plane out of fuel by now - French minister

An Air France passenger jet that went missing during a flight from Brazil to France with 228 on board would have run out of fuel by now, a senior French minister said on Monday.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2009 17:11 IST

An Air France passenger jet that went missing during a flight from Brazil to France with 228 on board would have run out of fuel by now, a senior French minister said on Monday.

"By now it would be beyond its kerosene reserves so unfortunately we must now envisage the most tragic scenario," said Jean-Louis Borloo, the second most senior figure in the cabinet.

Borloo told France Info radio that the plane had disappeared from military as well as civilian radar screens.