Air Algerie: Flight 5017 Drops Off Radar; 116 People On Board

Air Algerie flight 5017 is missing. (Photo: FlyFlyTravel.com)

Air Algerie flight 5017 is missing. (Photo: FlyFlyTravel.com)

CNN.com is reporting that Air Algerie’s flight 5017 has fallen off of the radar 50 minutes after takeoff. Laura Smith-Spark and Claudia Rebaza of CNN write:

“An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline’s operator said Thursday.

Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.

The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members. The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle jets.

The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.”

It is believed that the plane vanished somewhere over Mali. This story is developing.

Read more on CNN.

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