What has happened to a missing Air Algerie plane that has lost contact en route from Burkina Faso was carrying 110 passengers to Algiers.
Contact with the plane was lost just 50 minutes after take-off in the early hours of today.
“In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the agency quoted the airline as saying.
Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. An Algieran official had earlier said it was an Airbus A320.
The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso at 01.17 local time (02.17am Irish time) and was supposed to land in Algiers at 05.10 local time but never reached its destination.
The aircraft was en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso .
The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear. Ouagadougou is almost directly south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.