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Air Algerie flight crashes en route to Algiers

Another airplane disaster rocks the world

Air Algerie | CREDIT: Wiki Commons

Air Algerie | CREDIT: Wiki Commons

An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday, according to the the plane’s owner.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. That means that Flight 5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public.

The plane carried 110 passengers and six crewmembers. The flight departed Burkina Faso for Algiers at 9:17pm ET but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 1:10 a.m. Thursday. The airline requested a new flight path due to weather.

Two French fighter jets near Mali where political unrest continues, discovered wreckage. The crash is the third commercial air disaster in two weeks, and second in as many days. On Wednesday, a TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Taiwan while attempting an emergency landing in stormy weather, killing 48. On July 17, a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine, killing 298.

A representative for the airline told a news conference that according to passenger lists, some 50 French nationals were traveling on the route. Additionally, there were 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian.

Too many international flights are crashing whether it be froms acts of terrorism or mechanical issues.

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