Algiers bound Air Algerie plane MD-83 with 110 passengers and 6 crew members crashed near Mali according to latest reports. There were no survivor as the remains of the missing aircraft have been found just across the border in Mali, in an isolated area about 60 miles south of the town of GAO.
According to one of the investigating officers, that the plane was spotted by the local rescue team as the Malian government ordered local assistance. The rescue team discovered the burned out plane and human remains.
The cause of the crash is still perceived as stormy weather, heavy rain and poor visibility.
The Air Algerie plane was owned by Spanish private company Swiftair. The authorities said they’d lost contact with the airplane traveling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers. In a statement, Swiftair said the flight took off at 9:17 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and was supposed to arrive shortly after 1 a.m. ET on Thursday.
According to the Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo, the list of passengers aboard the aircraft includes 51 French citizens, 27 from Burkina Faso, 8 Lebanese, 6 Algerians, 5 Canadians, 4 Germans, 2 from Luxemburg and 1 passenger each from Switzerland, Belgium, Egypt, Ukraine, Nigeria, Cameroon and Mali. The six crew listed are Spanish.
The world airline industry is experiencing a hapless year as this incident comes about a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine and a day after a Transasia Airways plane crash-landed in Taiwan, killing dozens of passengers. The growing concern of airline safety is looming large and the aviation associations like IATA, FAA and others are expected to come with better solutions to avert these catastrophes.
Source: Travel and Tour World