Plane with 116 onboard missing after takeoff
Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board.
Algeria's APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company have said that authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.
Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie.
An Algerian official had earlier said it was an Airbus A320.
The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at around 1am local time and was supposed to land in Algiers at 5am local time, but never reached its destination.
A senior French official said it was unlikely that fighters in Mali had weaponry that could shoot down a plane.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the fighters have shoulder-fired weapons which could not hit an aircraft at cruising altitude.
The owner of the plane says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.