July 24, 2014
Algerian Plane Presumed to Have Crashed Over Mali
It seems it's a bad time for flying.
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.Not only do we have the crash in Ukraine, yesterday a plane crashed in Taiwan and also a US Teenager, Haris Suleman, died trying to circumnavigate the globe when his plane crashed into the ocean off American Samoa.
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.
Update: The wreckage has been located. There was bad weather in the area and the pilots requested a change of course, but no word on exact cause of crash yet.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Fidel Castro's niece was aboard the plane.