As it happened: Missing Air Algerie Flight AH5017

Key points

  • An Air Algerie airliner is believed to have crashed in the Sahara, en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers
  • Flight AH5017 had 110 passengers on board, including 51 French citizens, as well as six Spanish crew members
  • Unconfirmed French media reports suggest the plane crashed in either central or northern Mali
  • The plane was chartered from Spain's Swiftair
  • Heavy storms were reported at the time of the crash
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Live text


  • Bernadette McCague 
  • Patrick Jackson 

Last updated 24 July 2014

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