The plane had been missing for hours before the news was made public. It wasn immediately clear why airline or government officials didn make it public earlier.
The flight was being operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, which owns the plane.
to die driving to the airport than stepping on a plane. each year, a mortality rate eight times greater than that in planes.
It easy to see why fliers are jittery, but air travel is relatively safe.
Radar images show the plane deviated from its route, Diendere said. Gossi is nearly 200 kilometres southwest of Gao. The vast deserts and mountains of northern Mali have been the scene of unrest by both Tuareg separatists and Islamist radicals.
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thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those on board Air Algerie Flight AAH 5017, said one of the tweets.
A senior French official said it seems unlikely that fighters in Mali had the kind of weaponry that could shoot down a plane. ET on Thursday.
Northern Mali fell under control of ethnic Tuareg separatists and then al Qaida linked Islamic extremists following a military coup in 2012.
up in the French Foreign Ministry. Cuvillier didn specify exactly where the plane disappeared over Mali, or whether it was in an area controlled by rebels.
Before vanishing, the pilots sent a final message to ask Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rain in the area, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said.
The disappearance of the Air Algerie plane comes after a spate of aviation disasters. Fliers around the globe have been on edge ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in March on its way to Beijing. Searchers have yet to find a single piece of wreckage from the jet with 239 people on board.
More than 50 French passengers were onboard the plane along with 27 Burkina Faso nationals as well as citizens of a dozen other countries, including the five Canadians. The flight crew was Spanish.
Later, Swiftair said the plane was built in 1996 and has two Pratt Whitney JT8D 219 PW engines. It can carry 165 passengers.
If confirmed as a crash, this would be the fifth one and the second with fatalities for Swiftair since its founding in 1986, according to the Flight Safety Foundation. The only other fatal crash for the airline came on July 28, 1998, when the two pilots died on a cargo flight to Barcelona.
think that it is a reliable source because it corresponds to the latest radar images of the plane before it lost contact with air controllers, Diendere said.
24, 2012, after it spent nearly 10 months unused in storage, according to Flightglobal Ascend Online Fleets, which sells and tracks information about aircraft. It has more than 37,800 hours of flight time and has made more than 32,100 takeoffs and landings. The plane has had several owners over the years, including Avianca and Austral Lineas Aereas.
Swiftair said it has not been possible to make contact with the plane and was trying to ascertain what had happened. It said the crew included two pilots and four cabin staff.
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The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou to Algiers wasn immediately clear. Ouagadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.
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an intensive search, at the moment I speak no trace of the aircraft has been found, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris. plane has probably crashed. French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the rugged north of Nike T Shirt Man Mali for the plane, which was travelling from Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, to Algiers, the Algerian capital.
5 Canadians on board
France foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane crashed. Multiple reports say the plane crashed in Mali.
Last week, a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down by a surface to air missile while flying over a war torn section of Ukraine. and European airlines started cancelling flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket landed near the city airport. Finally, on Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.
An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria capital that disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali carried 116 people, including five Canadians, officials said.
But Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Algerian state television that 10 minutes before disappearing, it was in contact with air traffic controllers in Gao, a city essentially under the control of the Malian government, though it has seen lingering separatist violence.
A resident who lives in a village in Mali about 80 kilometres southeast of the town of Gossi said he saw a plane coming down early Thursday, according to Gen. Gilbert Diendere, heading the crisis committee set up in Burkina Faso.
Tweets from the account of Lynne Yelich, Canada Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the government is aware of the reports of Canadians on board and that they are seeking more information, but that consular officials are ready to provide assistance.
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