Thursday, July 24, 2014

Algeria Airliner Wreckage Found in Mali
Air Algerie plane similar to one which crashed in Northern Mali on
July 24, 2014.
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:28PM GMT

Mali's president says the wreckage of the Air Algérie Flight AH5017 has been found in a remote area of his country.

"I have just been informed that the wreckage has been found between Aguelhok and Kidal," Reuters quoted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as saying in a meeting of political, religious and civil society leaders in the capital Bamako on Thursday.

Nearly an hour after takeoff, the plane disappeared from radar screens early on Thursday and was reported to have crashed after crossing the airspace of Niger's capital, Niamey.

The plane was en route from Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou to the Algerian capital city of Algiers with 116 people on board, including 51 French nationals. According to reports, minutes after takeoff the flight requested to change route because of storm.

One of Algeria's worst air disasters occurred in February, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.

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