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Algeria airliner wreckage found in Mali

The wreckage of the Air Algérie Flight AH5017 has been found 30 miles from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, Gen Gilbert Diendere, an aide to Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkino Faso, and head of the crisis committee leading the search said.

Human remains and burned and scattered plane parts were found at the site, he said. Searchers had been sent to the area after hearing from a resident who described seeing a plane go down.

Nearly an hour after takeoff, the plane disappeared from radar screens early on Thursday and was reported to have crashed after crossing the airspace of Niger’s capital, Niamey.

The plane was en route from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou to the Algerian capital city of Algiers with 116 people on board, including 51 French nationals. According to reports, minutes after takeoff the flight requested to change route because of storm.

One of Algeria’s worst air disasters occurred in February, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.




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