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French forces detect wreckage of Air Algerie plane in remote area

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French forces detect wreckage of Air Algerie plane in remote area

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 24, 2014

UPDATE

Air Algerie says its airplane that disappeared while en route to Algeria has crashed. According to a tweet sent by the airline, the plane apparently crashed early Thursday in a remote area of Mali.

CNN reports that the Ouagadougou Airport said in a statement on its website that French forces in the area detected wreckage from the airplane between Gao and the town of Kidal.

No survivors were found in the wreckage.

EARLIER STORY

An Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers in Algeria has disappeared with 110 passengers and six crew members on board, according to various news reports.

Authorities say they lost contact with Flight AH 5017 about 50 minutes after takeoff. The plane's disappearance was not made public until it had been missing for several hours.

USA Today says that a French news agency is reporting that a source with the airline told them that the plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route.

The French tranport minister says the flight disappeared over northern Mali, according to FOX News. The French army has dispatched two fighter jets based in the region to search for the plane. However, officials in Mali are less certain about where the plane might be.

A diplomat in Mali has confirmed that the northern part of the country was hit by a powerful sandstorm overnight.

The plane was supposed to land in the Algerian capital at 5:10 a.m. local time.

According to Swiftair, which owns the plane, there were 110 passengers, two pilots and four cabin staff on the plane. According to the Wall Street Journal, all of the crew members are Spanish nationals.

The list of passengers includes 51 French, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to NowTrending.com.