Air Algerie plane wreck found in Mali's Gossi region: Paris

25th July 2014, Comments 0 comments

The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing with at least 116 people on board has been found in Mali's Gossi region, not far from the Burkina Faso border, the French president's office said Friday.

The jet was clearly identified even though it had "disintegrated".

A statement issued by the presidency confirmed earlier reports from Burkina Faso.

A "French military unit has been sent to (the area) to secure the site and gather evidence".

President Francois Hollande expressed his solidarity with the families and friends of the victims, among them about 50 French nationals.

Air Algerie said flight AH5017 left Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, with more than 110 passengers and a crew of six for Algiers overnight Wednesday.

Radar contact with the McDonnell Douglas 83 was lost 50 minutes into the flight, a little after the pilots said they were diverting from the route due to severe weather.

© 2014 AFP

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