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Another plane falls out of the skies: THIRD aviation disaster in a week as Algerian passenger jet crashes in Sahara desert
Mali’s president says wreckage of missing Air Algerie flight has been spotted in north of country as 116 passengers feared dead
- Swiftair MD-83 vanished 50mins after take-off from capital of Burkina Faso
- Now Mali president has confirmed wreckage has been found in desert
- Plane ‘made detour over fears it was flying into a storm over northern Mali’
- Crew also worried it may collide with another aircraft, airline source said
- Mali air space graded ‘high risk’ by U.S. aviation authority due to civil war
- Comes after 298 killed in MH17 disaster and 48 die in plane crash in Taiwan
The fate of the Air Algerie flight which vanished with 116 people on board en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers appears to have been uncovered after Mali’s President confirmed wreckage has been found.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said today that the wreckage of the flight had been spotted in his country’s desert north.
It is the third major aviation disaster in a week, following the MH17 disaster in Ukraine and the TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan yesterday.
Nearly 250 people died in these two crashes. The week’s grim toll may now rise by 116 more.
‘I have just been informed that the wreckage has been found between Aguelhoc and Kidal,’ Keita said during a meeting of political, religious and civil society leaders in Bamako. He did not give any more details.