Air Algerie plane missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria

A plane flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappeared Thursday, possibly over Mali. 116 people were aboard the plane when radar contact was lost 50 minutes into the flight.
By JC Finley  |  July 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM
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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, July 24 (UPI) -- Air Algerie Flight 5017, carrying 116 people, disappeared Thursday en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria.

The MD-83 twin-engine plane lost radar contact 50 minutes after departure from the Ouagadougou airport during what was expected to be a four hour flight into Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport.

Swiftair, a private company that operates Air Algerie, confirmed: "We have lost contact with the plane," and that "At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."

It is possible the plane crashed as it flew over Mali. United Nations troops in Mali told the BBC the plane possibly crashed between Gao and Tessalit, in an area that Brigadier General Koko Essien described as remote. The weather at the time, he said, was severe.

The 116 aboard includes 110 passengers, two pilots, and four crew members.

Air Algerie noted via Twitter that 50 of the passengers were French.

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