Air Algerie plane flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 people on board is missing

Air Algerie plane flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 people on board is missing

An Air Algerie airplane traveling from Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers and six crew members on board was reported missing Thursday by the Spanish company that operated the plane.

The plane, a Boeing Co. MD-83 model with flight code AH5017, was scheduled to land at 0510 GMT, but never reached its destination, Swiftair, the operator, said.

“Thus far, we have no contact with the airplane,” Swiftair said in a statement. The plane was traveling from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria.

The Algerian government said in a statement that air controllers lost contact with the flight at 0155 GMT, about 50 minutes after takeoff, according to the Algerian Press Service, which added that the airline has launched an emergency plan.

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