An Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 which took off this morning from Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou has lost contact with traffic controllers.This happened 50 minutes after take off.
The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Burkina Faso and was supposed to land in Algiers at 0510 local time but never reached its destination.
According to AFP,Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week.The missing aircraft has 110 passengers and six crew on board.
A company source said contact with the flight was lost while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.
“The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route,” the source said.
“Contact was lost after the change of course.”
The airline announced that the plane had gone missing in a brief statement carried by national news agency APS.
“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.
“In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the official Algerian news agency quoted the airline as saying