In one of the worst years for airline industry, another accident shocked the aviation community yesterday. A Swiftair McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operating fo Air Algerie, performing flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Algiers (Algeria) with 110 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute over Mali near Gao about 50 minutes into the flight at around 02:55L (01:55Z), when contact with the aircraft was lost.
The French Air Force dispatched two Mirage 2000 to search the area.
The aircraft was located in the afternoon, about 13 hours after the aircraft went missing, about 70nm north of the village of Gao. There is no information about survivors.
At about 12:30Z the commander of a United Nations mission in Mali reported the aircraft came down between Gao (in southern Mali near the border to Burkina Faso) and Tessalit (in northern Mali near the border to Algeria). There is no information about the fate of the occupants.
According to the passengers manifest the aircraft carried 51 French, 26 Burkina Faso, 20 Lebanese, 5 Canadian, 4 German, 1 Luxembourg, 1 Swiss citizens as well as 6 Spanish crew (108 passengers and 6 crew).
There were thunderstorms in the area with tops above FL400.
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