Home »  News »  World

Latest on Air Algerie flight #AH5017 crash: Bad weather likely cause of plane crash, wreckage found in Mali, 110 people feared dead

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 2:58pm IST Updated: Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 6:26pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

The Air Algerie flight which was confirmed to have crashed with 110 passengers on board, has now been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said. No survivors have been found according to media reports.

Read More: Air Algerie Flight AH5017 crash: Wreckage found in Mali after witness saw the plane "falling"

Investigators have concluded the Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board broke apart when it hit the ground, French officials said on Friday, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.

Read More: Air Algerie plane crash: French officials doubt plane was attacked

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight over the West African state of Mali with 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday.

Read more: Air Algerie Flight AH5017: Bad weather likely cause of plane crash, say French officials

An Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers is missing with 110 passengers on board, almost half of them French citizens, officials said on Thursday. There were no clear indications of what might of happened to the flight en route north to Algiers, but Burkino Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said the aircraft asked to change route at 0138 GMT because of a storm in the area.

Two French fighter jets based in the region have been dispatched to try to locate the airliner along its probable route, a French army spokesman said. Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight. Algeria's state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the fate of the flight and where it might be.

Algeria's state news agency APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the fate of the flight and where it might be. Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the aircraft, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.

Whatever its fate, the loss of contact is likely to add to nerves in the airline industry after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, a TransAsia Airways crashed off Taiwan during a thunderstorm on Wednesday and airlines cancelled flights into Tel Aviv due to the conflict in Gaza. Read More

16:51 IST Thursday, 24 July 2014

The last contact Algerian authorities had with a missing Air Algerie aircraft carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algiers was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali, an Algerian official said on Thursday. Read More

16:37 IST Thursday, 24 July 2014

16:00 IST Thursday, 24 July 2014

The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 local time but never reached its destination. An Algieran official had earlie said it was an Airbus A320.

 




Jump to comments