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Monday 23 October 2017

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.

weaponry

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.

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