The airline lost contact with the aircraft shortly after take-off
Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after take-off from Burkina Faso today bound for Algiers.
“Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff,” the airline said, cited by national news agency APS.
It said the company had initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017.
The plane flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.
Reports said the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to 135 passengers, chartered from a Portuguese firm.
A source within Air Algerie told AFP that an estimated 110 people are listed as being on board the flight.
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