An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people has disappeared from radar 50 minutes after taking off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, at 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning.
Flight AH5017 was scheduled to arrive at Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport in Algeria at 5:40 am. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was owned by Spanish based Swiftair and leased by Air Algerie.
On board were 110 passengers and six crew.
Air Algerie released a statement saying, “In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,”
Thursday’s disappearance of the Air Algerie flight comes one week after Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine.
French officials said it was highly unlikely that Islamic fighters in Mali could have brought down the airplane, saying they do not have that kind of weaponry.
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