A missing Air Algerie passenger plane has been found crashed in northern Mali several hours after it disappeared from radar screens, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Air Algerie flight AH5017 was carrying 116 passengers and crew when it lost contact 50 minutes after take-off from Ougadougou, capital of the west African nation, en route to Algiers, a four-hour flight.
The plane’s wreckage and several bodies were found in northern Mali, AP said, citing Algerian Gen. Gilbert Diendere, head of a crisis committee set up to investigate the disaster.
“They found human remains and the wreckage of the plane totally burnt and scattered,” he said.
Separately, Reuters quoted Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as saying the wreckage had been spotted toward the Algerian border between the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.
But French President Francois Hollande denied reports the plane had been found at all, according to NBC.
It remains unclear what caused the crash but inclement weather is suspected.
The flight was carrying 51 French nationals, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.
The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots’ union.
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