Missing Plane: Air Algerie Loses Contact With Flight AH5017 Over Africa

An Air Algerie plane. (Abdallahh/Wikimedia Commons)
An Air Algerie plane. (Abdallahh/Wikimedia Commons)

An Air Algerie plane flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers on July 24 disappeared from the radar 50 minutes after takeoff, according to Spanish operator Swiftair.

Flight AH5017 is thought to have 110 passengers and six crew onboard, and reportedly lost contact while traveling over Mali where there is ongoing unrest in the north.

The plane took off at 01:17 local time, and was meant to arrive in Algiers at 05:10 local time, but apparently has not reached its destination. Reports are coming in that the aircraft may have crashed, possibly after diverting off course due to stormy weather.

An Air Algerie plane. (Abdallahh/Wikimedia Commons)

An Air Algerie plane. (Abdallahh/Wikimedia Commons)

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