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Old Jul 24, 14, 4:40 am
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Air Algerie 'loses contact with plane' - Confirmed crashed

Air Algerie - Algeria's national airline - says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso [BBC]
Air Algeria-Operated Plane Disappears en Route to Algiers [Bloomberg]
Contact lost with Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso [Reuters]
Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar [NYT]
Air Algerie Loses Contact With Plane After Takeoff [Business Insider]

French press:

Air Algérie : le vol AH 5017 a disparu des écrans radar [Le Monde]
Un avion d'Air Algérie avec 110 passagers disparaît des écrans radars [Les Echos]
Air Algérie perd le contact avec l'un de ses avions [Le Figaro]
Un vol Air Algérie a disparu entre Ouagadougou et Alger [Liberation]

The Aviation Herald:

Accident: Swiftair MD83 over Mali on Jul 24th 2014, aircraft missing

Swiftair statement (in Spanish):

Swiftair informa que un avión MD83 de su compañía operado para Air Algerie despegó a las 0117 Z de Burkina Faso con destino a Argel y con hora prevista de llegada a las 0510 Z no ha llegado a destino. No se tiene hasta este momento contacto con la aeronave.

En el avión viajan 110 pasajeros y 6 tripulantes, de los cuales 2 son pilotos y 4 son tripulantes de cabina de pasajeros.

En estos momentos los equipos de emergencia y personal de la Compañía están trabajando en averiguar lo sucedido y a medida que se vayan conociendo más detalles de lo sucedido se irán emitiendo nuevos comunicados.

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Old Jul 24, 14, 5:07 am
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Looks like it was flight AH 5017, a Swiftair MD83 with 110 passengers and 6 crew, according to the information on twitter here.
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Not again! Hoping that this works out OK.
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Looks like it's several hours overdue at its destination

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/a.../1/373885.html
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This is looking to be a very bad year for aviation safety.
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Reports online indicate violent thunderstorms in the area around the time of the loss of contact
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Old Jul 24, 14, 5:43 am
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Originally Posted by LupineChemist View Post
This is looking to be a very bad year for aviation safety.
It is indeed. I could not believe it when I first read about this one.

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Still trying to wrap my head around how this can happen..

When I first saw the CNN headline on my phone, I saw "plane" and figured something about Taiwan, Israel, or Ukraine/Malaysia. Can't believe it's yet another country/airline
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Old Jul 24, 14, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
Reports online indicate violent thunderstorms in the area around the time of the loss of contact
According to an Air Algerie source: "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" (Source)
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It is indeed. I could not believe when I first read the news about this one.
I believe that this would make July 2014 worse than all of 2013.
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BBC claim it to be an A320.

Also reports it is reported to have gone down in Niger. Could be explained by the sat pic as a weather diversion. That said i am yet to see the airways charts to see what kind of route might have been planned.
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BBC claim it to be an A320.
This is strange because Swiftair has no A320 on its fleet. It should be an MD83 but weirdly enough the tail number leads to a B767.
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Old Jul 24, 14, 6:03 am
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BBC claim it to be an A320.
What does it really matter... others are claiming it was a MD83 since Swiftair doesn't operate A320's.
And the second major crash (if that's what it ends up to be) in Algeria this year after a military transport crashed killing 77.
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Now confirmed to be an MD83 by Swiftair themselves.
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This is strange because Swiftair has no A320 on its fleet. It should be an MD83 but weirdly enough the tail number leads to a B767.
I kniw. That came from the notoriously ill informed Chris Yates who the BBC appear to rely on for misinformation.
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