The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie plane has been discovered in Mali, near the border with Burkina Faso. Rescue crews have been dispatched to the area but the initial reports describe the plane as being in a “state of disintegration”.
An Air Algerie plane, chartered with Spanish company SwiftAir, that had gone missing on Thursday has been found crashed in a remote area of Mali, near the country’s southern border with Burkina Faso. The wreckage was not promising according to the aerial search party that located the downed plane, describing the crashed aircraft as being in a “state of disintegration”.
Rescue crews have been dispatched to help search for both victims and potential survivors of the crash. Initial reports suggest the plane was downed as a result of bad weather but currently all reasons remain speculative.
“All we know is that the crew signalled it wanted to change direction because of particularly difficult weather conditions,” French president François Hollande said while addressing the media over the cause of the accident.
It is known that 51 French nationals were on board the Boeing MD-83 when it crashed. Hollande also stated that he was willing to mobilise French troops, which remained stationed in the area following the northern Malian insurgency from 2013, to help with rescue efforts.