DEVELOPING: Passenger Plane Goes Missing in Mali; Crash Site Found
A passenger plane disappeared from radar over northern Mali early this morning and a French official says the wreckage has now been located. Stay tuned to Fox News for the latest developments on the Air Algerie flight.
Here's more from FoxNews.com:
A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage.
Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said. That means that Flight 5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public.
France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told The Associated Press that the flight "probably crashed."
The French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the plane went down near the Malian city of Gao.
Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane carrying 110 passengers and six crewmembers – including two pilots and four cabin staff -- departed Burkina Faso for Algiers at 9:17 p.m. ET Wednesday, but had not arrived at the scheduled time of 1:10 a.m. ET Thursday.
Swiftair said it was unable to make contact with the plane.
"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the APS news agency quoted the airline as saying.
Burkina Faso authorities also set up a crisis unit in Ouagadougou airport to update families of people on board the plane, Reuters reports.
The list of passengers includes 51 French, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgium, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said. The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.
Amy Kellogg reported the latest on Happening Now (video above), saying at this point officials have not suggested that the plane was brought down by some sort of attack.