Air Al­gerie flight 'prob­a­bly crashed' in Mali

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AL­GIERS, Al­ge­ria (AP) — An Air Al­gerie flight car­ry­ing 116 peo­ple from Burk­ina Faso to Al­ge­ria's cap­i­tal dis­ap­peared from radar early Thurs­day over north­ern Mali dur­ing a rain­storm, of­fi­cials said. France de­ployed fighter jets to search for wreck­age and the coun­try's pres­i­dent said the plane most likely crashed.

The MD-83 van­ished less than an hour af­ter take­off from Oua­gadougou, the cap­i­tal of Burk­ina Faso. Air Al­gerie Flight 5017 was op­er­ated by Span­ish air­line Swif­tair, which owns the plane.

"Ev­ery­thing al­lows us to be­lieve this plane crashed in Mali," French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said in a state­ment af­ter an emer­gency meet­ing in Paris with se­nior of­fi­cials, adding the crew changed its flight path be­cause of "par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions."

Ear­lier, French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius told re­porters in Paris the plane “prob­a­bly crashed” and no “trace of the air­craft has been found.”

Two French fighter jets are among air­craft scour­ing the rugged north of Mali for the plane, which was trav­el­ing from Burk­ina Faso’s cap­i­tal, Oua­gadougou, to Al­giers, the Al­ge­rian cap­i­tal.

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