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Most on board missing plane Brazilian, 40 French: Minister

Most of the 228 people on board an Air France airliner missing over the Atlantic are Brazilian, while at least 40 are French and 25 are German, a French minister said.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2009 21:29 IST

Most of the 228 people on board an Air France airliner missing over the Atlantic are Brazilian, while at least 40 are French and 25 are German, a French minister said on Monday.

Separately, officals from other countries said it was believed that there were six Danes, five Italians, three Moroccans, two Lebanese and a Portuguese among the passengers. Officials have not held out much hope for survivors.

"There are mainly Brazilians, between 40 and 60 French and 25 Germans on the files we have so far collected," Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, whose portfolio includes transport, told AFP.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had earlier expressed concern that there may be British passengers on board.

Air France said that among 216 passengers, there are 126 men, 82 women, seven children and a baby. The crew was made up of 12 members, including nine cabin crew, it added.

The Airbus A330 jet took off late on Sunday from Rio de Janeiro bound for Paris. It is believed to have crashed somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean after hitting a powerful electrical storm at around 0200 GMT on Monday.