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    Algerian plane vanishes over Mali with 119 people on board

    July 25, 2014

    An aircraft belonging to Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, with 119 people on board, has disappeared early Thursday, 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso, local media reported.

    The plane vanished over the Malian region of Gao, some 500 km southern of the Algerian border, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters on the sidelines of a parliament session.


    An updated statement from Air Algerie said there were 112 passengers and seven crew members on the missing plane, according to Algeria's state-run APS news agency.


    Air Algerie also confirmed that the missing aircraft was chartered from the Spanish Swiftair company.


    "The last radar contact with the plane occurred at 1:55 GMT while flying over the area of Gao in Mali," Air Algerie said, adding that the aircraft took off from Ouagadougou at 1:17 GMT and was scheduled to arrive in Algiers at 5:11 GMT (6:11 local time).


    This incident comes after a week after a Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed over eastern Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board.(KH)


    Last modified on Friday, 25 July 2014 09:08

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