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A flight operated by Air Algerie crashed killing all 116 on board during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria in West Africa.
Air Algerie Flight 5017 an aircraft leased from Spanish airline Swiftair went missing above Mali 50 minutes after take off from Ouagadougou.
Passengers include 51 French, five Canadians, four Germans and the Spanish crew of six, among people from Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Algeria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Ukraine, Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali.
by Amy Crowther,
PA 7/24/2014 4:21:23 PM
LOCATION: Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso is almost directly south of Algiers, with the flight path likely to have passed over Mali where unrest continues in the north.
Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al Qaida linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012.
However, a French official quoted by AO said it was unlikely either side had access to the sort of weaponry that could shoot down the plane.
by Amy Crowther, PA 7/24/2014 1:41:24 PM
Swiftair is a private Spanish airline that was formed in 1986 with just two planes offering passenger charters.
They introduced cargo flights in 2002 and now fly across Spain, other parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
On their website, Swiftair says it has more than 30 planes and 400 employees. It’s fleet includes the MD83 that has gone missing, as well as Boeing 727s and 737s, ATR72/32, Embaraer 120s and Metroliners.
by Amy Crowther, PA via The Press Association 7/24/2014 1:55:28 PM
Swiftair said the missing plane was built in 1996 and has two Pratt and Whitney JT8D 219 PW engines. It can carry 165 passengers although only 110 were on board this flight.
Swiftair took ownership of the plane in October 2012 but it had spent the previous 10 months unused in storage, according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets, which sells and tracks information about aircraft.