By Denna Bowman
Three Michelin tyres company executives were onboard the Air France flight that disappeared en route from Brazil to France on Monday.
The French tyres manufacturer confirmed that two senior Brazilian managers and a young French engineer were passengers on the plane.
The employees have been named as Luiz Roberto Anastacio, president of Michelin South America, Antonio Gueiros, its computer systems chief in Rio and France-based Christine Pieraerts.
Mr Anastacio, 50, had worked for Michelin for 27 years and had been promoted on May 4. He was travelling to France to meet fellow top executives.
Sophie Perrier, a spokeswoman for Michelin, said that the company’s staff were “very moved” by the tragedy.
The Air France Airbus A330 disappeared over the Atlantic just hours after taking off from Rio de Janeiro.
Officials say that the flight apparently lost all electronics after hitting a sudden, unexpected storm, knocking out its communications and radar devices.
Yesterday Brazilian military planes found a 3-mile path of wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean, confirming that an Air France jet carrying 228 people crashed in the sea.