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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nigerian On Missing Algerian Plane!


The pilot asked for permission to change route because of a sand storm around 20 minutes into the flight, said Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago.
He said the plane's passenger list included 51 French citizens.
Also on the jet were 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgium, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.
The six crew members were Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.
While he listed no Cubans among the passengers, Ouagadougou Airport's official website said Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was on the plane.
A French army spokesman said: "Two Mirage 2000 jets based in Africa were dispatched to try to locate the Air Algerie plane.
"They will search an area from its last known location along its probable route."
Flight AH5017 is owned by Spanish private airline Swiftair and operated by Air Algerie.
Swiftair said the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 1.17am local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 5.10am local time but never reached its destination.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had been missing for hours before news of its disappearance was made public.
Ouagadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, separated by Mali where unrest continues in the north of the country.
Airlines had been warned not to fly over Mali in recent days, Sky News understands.
However, a senior French official said it is unlikely that fighters in Mali could shoot down a plane.
They are known to have shoulder-fired weapons which could not hit an aircraft travelling at a cruising altitude of some 33,000ft.
The plane was near Gao international airport in Mali when it dropped off radar.

He said the plane's passenger list included 51 French citizens.
Also on the jet were 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgium, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian.
The six crew members were Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.
While he listed no Cubans among the passengers, Ouagadougou Airport's official website said Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was on the plane.
A French army spokesman said: "Two Mirage 2000 jets based in Africa were dispatched to try to locate the Air Algerie plane.
"They will search an area from its last known location along its probable route."
Flight AH5017 is owned by Spanish private airline Swiftair and operated by Air Algerie.
Swiftair said the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 1.17am local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 5.10am local time but never reached its destination.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had been missing for hours before news of its disappearance was made public.
Ouagadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, separated by Mali where unrest continues in the north of the country.
Airlines had been warned not to fly over Mali in recent days, Sky News understands.
However, a senior French official said it is unlikely that fighters in Mali could shoot down a plane.
They are known to have shoulder-fired weapons which could not hit an aircraft travelling at a cruising altitude of some 33,000ft.
The plane was near Gao international airport in Mali when it dropped off radar.

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