Air Algerie plane ‘missing’

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Algiers - Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday. The plane was bound for Algiers.

“Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff,” the airline said, cited by national news agency APS.

It said the company initiated an "emergency plan" in the search for Flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.

A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to 135 passengers, chartered from a Portuguese firm.

According to a source within Air Algerie, 110 people are listed as being on board the flight. - AFP


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