Air Algerie flight crash update.


New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Thu, Jul 24, 2014 - Swiftair said on its website the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 01:17 GMT and was supposed to land in Algiers at 05:10 GMT but never reached its destination. Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas) MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with the missing Air Algerie aircraft was at 01:55 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali. Aviation authorities in Burkina say they handed the flight to the control tower in Niamey, Niger, at 1.38 am. They said the last contact with the flight was just after 4.30 am. Burkina Faso minister Ouedrago said the flight asked the control tower in Niamey to change route at 01:38 GMT because of a storm in the Sahara. However, a source in the control tower in Niamey, who declined to be identified, said it had not been contacted by the plane, which in theory should have flown over Mali. Burkinabe authorities have set up a crisis unit at Ouagadougou airport to provide information to families. Issa Saly Maiga, head of Mali's National Civil Aviation Agency, said that a search was under way for the missing flight. McDonnell Douglas, now part of...

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