Air Algerie Flight Crashes In Africa

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 07/24 2014 12:25PM

Updated 07/24 2014 12:28PM

WTVO/WQRF - An Air Algerie flight that disappeared from radar early Thursday crashed in eastern Mali.

The company says Flight AH5017 came down in the region of Tilemsi, near the southeastern city of Gao.  At least 116 people were on board.  The plane was headed from the west African nation of Burkina Faso to Algeria.  The airline's operator says it lost radar contact about 50 minutes after takeoff.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

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