Air France says a passenger jet carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew has disappeared from its radar. The plane which was on its way to Paris from Rio de Janeiro suddenly lost radio contact following adverse weather conditions. A search and rescue mission has commenced 320 miles off the coast of Brazil. Air traffic controllers suggest the jet may have disappeared off the coast of Morocco and that it may have been struck by lightning leading to a foray of  failed component messages . Meanwhile at the Charles de Gaulle airport, visibly worried friends and relatives flooded the crisis center of the airline.  French President Nicholas Sarkozy is expected at the airport shortly



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