Lost Air Algerie Aircraft and Black Box Located, No Survivors Found
French President Françoise Hollande said that the wreckage of the jet, an MD-83, had been found in a “disintegrated state” and that there were no survivors.
“Regrettably, there were no survivors,” said Hollande. “I share the pain of the families” of the passengers.
Flight 5017 had 116 passengers and crew on board on Thursday when it took off from Burkina Faso with a destination of Algeria. The plane, which changed its flight path to avoid bad weather, disappeared from air traffic control radar approximately 50 minutes after takeoff.
According to a statement from Air Algerie, 24 people were from Burkina Faso, the plane’s departure country. Eight passengers were from Lebanon, six from Algeria, five from Canada, four from Germany, and two from Luxembourg. In addition, there were also citizens from Belgium, Belgium, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, Romania, and Ukraine on board. The airline also said that all six crew members were Spanish and that the aircraft was owned by Swiftair, an airline headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
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