Πέμπτη, 24 Ιουλίου 2014

BREAKING: Air Algerie flight AH 5017 'vanishes' from radar with 110 passengers on board


Air Algerie, Swiftair, Radar, plane vanishes from radar over Algeria, Swiftair, Burkina Faso MISSING: An Air Algerie plane, being operated by Swiftair, has reportedly vanished from radar [AIR ALGERIE]
A total of 116 people are on the plane which was due to land in Algeria, northy Africa.
Spanish airline Swiftair was operating the flight on behalf of Air Algerie and said there was currently no contact with the aircraft.
The airline has confirmed 110 passengers are on board the aircraft along with six crew.
The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in west Africa at 02:17 GMT and was supposed to land in the Algerian capital Algiers at 0510 GMT but never reached its destination.
missing plane, air algerie, burkina faso LOCATION: The plane is feared missing after leaving Burkina Faso and travelling north to Algeria [GOOGLE]
"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," Algeria's official news agency quoted the airline as stating.
Contact was lost with flight AH 5017 around 50 minutes after it departed from Ouagadougou.
Swiftair has confirmed AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week.
The plane's flight path is not yet known but it is likely to travel over Mali.
French troops are currently in the country in an attempt to combat Islamic terrorism in the country's southern Sahara and Sahel region.
They were ordered in by French President Francois Hollande in January in an attempt to retake the desert region lost to extremists.
Air Algerie, Swiftair, Radar, plane vanishes from radar over Algeria, Swiftair, Burkina Faso MISSION: French forces are currently on the ground in Mali to try and repel Islamic rebels [REUTERS]
The rebels are believed to be armed with shoulder-mounted launchers which are unable to strike an aircraft travelling at a standard cruising altitude of 33,000ft.
The MD-83 aircraft is part of a family of twin-engine jets used for short and medium-range flights.
On June 3, 2012, Dana Air Flight 992 crashed into a building in Lagos, Nigeria, after one of the plane's engines failed.
All 153 passengers and crew were killed as were 10 people on the ground.
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