July 24th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

Air Algerie plane with 116 on board crashes in Mali

(CNN) - The wreckage of an Air Algerie flight that crashed early Thursday has been found in the northern Mali desert, officials in Burkina Faso, where the plane took off, said on state-owned RTB television.

No survivors were found, according to Burkina Faso Gen. Gilbert Diendere.

Flight 5017 was carrying at least 116 people when it departed for Algeria. It disappeared from radar after diverting from its planned course due to bad weather, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters.

At least 50 of the passengers aboard the MD-83 were French. Mali will lead the investigation into the crash.

French forces, including two fighter jets, helped search for the aircraft, along with Algerian and U.N. personnel in the region, Fabius said.


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  1. Alison

    Shame on Erin Burnett and the rest of CNN's reporters who have been reporting such one sided information on the Israeli conflict. I can NOT BELIEVE that there has been so little reporting about Hamas's use of children/civilians as human shields in schools etc. All of you at CNN have lost my respect and you can be sure that as of today, you will have one less viewer.

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