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Algeria airliner goes missing with 116 people on board

 28 July 2014
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Algeria's national airline Air Algerie on Thursday said that it has lost contact with one of its planes, with 110 passengers and six crew members on board, while flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara. 
 
"Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou. The plane was last seen at 0155 GMT," BBC quoting the airline reported.
 
The plane was flying through an area where there were violent storms.
 
"The pilot had contacted Niger's control tower in Niamey to change course because of a storm," the BBC report said.
 
Flight AH 5017 is owned by Spanish airline company Swiftair and is operated by Air Algerie.
 
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