Pensioner who missed Flight 447 killed in car crash

An Italian pensioner who arrived late for the Air France plane flight that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean last week has been killed in a car accident.

Johanna Ganthaler from Bolzano-Bozen province had been holidaying with her husband in Brazil but missed the fated Flight 447 after turning up last for the flight from Rio de Janeiro.

The ANSA news agency reported that the couple had managed to catch a flight from Rio the following day.

It reports that Ms Ganthaler was killed when their car veered across a road in Kufstein, Austria, and swerved into an oncoming truck. Her husband was seriously injured.