Air Algerie plane crashes in “high risk” flight zone

Air Algerie plane, en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers, has crashed, an Algerian aviation official said.

Air Algerie plane crashes in “high risk” flight zone

Air Algerie plane, en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers, has crashed, an Algerian aviation official said.

The contact with Air Algerie flight AH5017, making a joint flight with the Spanish company Swiftair and carrying 116 peole, was lost about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou.

AFP reports that the contact with the aircraft was lost while it was over northern Mali, considered a “high risk” flight zone for US airlines. But a senior French official told Associated Press that it is unlikely shoulder-fired weapons used by fighters in the region could shoot down an aircraft at cruising altitude.

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According to AP, the flight was carrying 51 French nationals, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian. The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots’ union says that the six crew members were Spanish.

It is assumed that all 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board were killed in the crash.

Fox News reports that French fighter jets have located the plane’s wreckage in Mali.

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