An airliner disappears from radar
‘I can confirm that it has crashed,’ the official said, speaking to reporters but declining to give details of where the plane was or what caused the accident.
‘Aviation authorities are mobilised in all the countries concerned – Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain.’
The plane, which is operated by Air Algerie, was last picked up on radar at 1.55am GMT and should have landed in the Algerian capital around three hours later.
The pilot reportedly contacted air traffic control in Niamey, Niger, to change course because of a storm
United Nations troops in Mali say they understand the plane came down between Gao and Tessalit
The aircraft is an MD-83 was owned by Swiftair a Spanish company, operated by Air Algerie, Algeria’s national airline, says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.
Two French fighter jets based in the region have been dispatched to try to locate the airliner along its probable route, a French army spokesman said. Niger security sources said planes were flying over the border region with Mali to search for the flight.
He said the passenger list included 50 French, 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, and four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian. Lebanese officials said there were at least 10 Lebanese citizens on the flight.