Voice of America (Washington, DC)

24 July 2014

Algeria: Air Algerie Flight Goes Missing

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An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people has vanished while en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. A French government official and the plane's Spanish owner says contact was lost with the aircraft over northern Mali.

An Air Algerie flight has gone missing during a trip from Burkina Faso to Algiers. Spanish airline Swiftair said its plane, which was being operated by Air Algerie, did not arrive at its destination Thursday and that no contact with the aircraft could be made.

A Swiftair statement said there were 110 passengers and six crew members on board. Algeria's official news agency said air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou on what is typically a four-hour flight.

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