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Air Algerie AH5017 crashes with 110 passengers and 6 crew

 An Air Algerie flight carrying 110 passengers and six crew members has crashed, reportedly in Niger, after having disappeared from radar early on Thursday morning between Burkina Faso and Algeria.

An Air Algerie Airbus (Image from wikipedia.org)

An Air Algerie Airbus (Image from wikipedia.org)

Initial reports of the crash were confirmed by Algerian aviation authorities. "I can confirm that it has crashed," an anonymous official told Reuters. While details of the whereabouts of the plane remain unclear, early reports from the CCTV network and Algerian TV suggested that it went down in Niger.

A spokeswoman for Spanish private airline company, Swiftair, confirmed that it had lost contact with one of its planes operated by Air Algerie on Thursday. The plane was an Air Algerie MD-83, flight AH5017.

"Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after take-off,"the airline said.

Swiftair said that there had been “no contact” with the missing aircraft since.

French Transport Minister, Frederic Cuvillier, told reporters that it was “likely many” French passengers were on board the flight.

"There are 110 passengers and 6 crew traveling on the plane, of which four are pilots and two cabin crew," the Swiftair statement confirmed.

The six crew members are Spanish.

Source RT News