Thursday, 24 July 2014

Air Algerie plane goes missing an hour after leaving Burkina Faso

Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers.

"Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff," the airline said, cited by national news agency APS.

APS gave no details on the number of passengers aboard flight AH 5017.

It said the company initiated an "emergency plan" in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to some 135 passengers, chartered from a Portuguese firm.

According to a source within Air Algerie, some 110 people are listed as being on board the flight. Spain's Swift Air said that 110 passengers and 6 crew members were on board the missing plane. Swift Air was operating the plane for Air Algerie.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.

Thursday 24 July 2014


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