An Air France Airbus 330-200 passenger jet went missing during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board.
Here are some facts about recent air crashes in Brazil from 2006 through 2009.
May 23, 2009 - A King Air B350 private plane crashes in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia, killing all 14 people on board, including Roger Wright, owner of asset management firm Arsenal Investimentos.
Feb 8, 2009 - An EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop plane operated by a regional charter airline crashes in the Manacapuru river, in Brazil's Amazon jungle, killing 24 people. There were four survivors of the plane crash.
July 17, 2007 - An Airbus A320 flown by Brazil's largest airline, TAM Linhas Aereas, overshoots the runway,crashes and bursts into flames in Sao Paulo, killing all 187 people on board and 12 on the ground in the worst plane crash in the country's history.
Sept 29, 2006 - All 154 people on board a Boeing 737-800 owned by low-cost airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes are killed when it crashes in the Amazon after colliding with a corporate jet in Brazil's second-deadliest air crash.
March 31, 2006 - A LET-410 turboprop plane operated by regional airline Team Transportes Aereos crashes into a mountain in the north of Rio de Janeiro state, killing all 19 people aboard.