Algerian Plane Crashes In Mali, Kills 116 People

Algerian Plane Crashes In Mali, Kills 116 People

An Air Algérie flight en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers with a reported 116 people aboard crashed Thursday  in stormy weather near the border of Burkina Faso and Mali, Reuters reported. It’s the third large-scale passenger air disaster in just over a week, following the downing of MH17 in the Ukraine last Thursday and Wednesday’s crash in Taiwan, in which at least 48 individuals died.

The plane’s wreckage was found in Mali’s Gossi region according to the French President Francoise Hollande, CNN reports.

Weather also appears to have been a factor in the Taiwan crash, which occurred in what CCTV Africa describes as “heavy rain.” Contact with Flight AH 5017, chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair, was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, Air Algerie said.

France’s Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, told RTL radio that the aircraft most likely crashed because of the storm, though he added that terrorist groups are operational in the area where the plane was found. Nearly half of the people on the flight were French.