Crashed Air Algerie plane wreckage found in Mali
The Air Algerie flight which crashed with 110 passengers on board on Thursday, has now been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said.
“We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border” in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere of the Burkina Faso army.President Keita will be visiting the site on Friday.
A witness had earlier reported that he had seen the plane “falling” and the army had accordingly strengthened their search in the particular area which has led to the wreckage being found. The wreck could not be examined since night was falling, though no survivors have been found according to media reports.
French warplanes and United Nations helicopters scoured the north of Mali on Thursday for the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed carrying 110 passengers, nearly half of them French, from Burkina Faso to Algiers.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said authorities believed flight AH5017 may have encountered bad weather after the pilot requested to change direction shortly after takeoff due to a storm. However, he said no hypothesis had been excluded.