Air Algerie wreckage found

The debris of Algeria Airliner, feared to have crashed on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, has been found near Mali.

The accident took place in a desert region in northern Mali, the site lying between "Aguelhoc and Kidal" , in an attempt to steer from its original route where storm had come.

Out of 116 people aboard MD-83, at least 50 were French. Among other passengers the Flight 5017 was carrying, 27 were Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxembourg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.

The six crew members were Spanish nationals, Spanish pilots' revealed. The aircraft belonged to Swiftair, a private Spanish company but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

The plane was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport but radar lost contact with crew members over the Sahara at 1:47 am, 50 minutes after its take off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso Forces probed the site after receiving a report that the plane was seen coming down in the Malian region of Gossi, just north of the Burkina Faso border.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that French forces helped search for the airliner along with UN personnel.

Excluding the acts of terrorism, there have been 2 / 100 passenger deaths on planes in the last decade while 30,000 ground vehicles deaths per year in the US. Passengers are more likely to die driving to the airport than stepping on a plane. Motor vehicles carry a mortality rate eight times greater than that in planes.


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