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Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed: Algerian aviation official

ALGIERS: An Air Algerie flight that went missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed, an Algerian aviation official told Reuters on Thursday.

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“I can confirm that it has crashed,” the official said, declining to give details of where the plane was or what caused the accident.

Earlier, authorities had lost contact with an Air Algerie flight to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, Algeria’s APS state news agency and a Spanish airline company said on Thursday.

APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.

Spanish private airline company Swiftair had 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. – Reuters

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