Missing Air Algerie flight crashs

Added On July 25, 2014

 passenger plane of Algeria's state-run Air Algerie crashed on Thursday.
That's according to an Algerian aviation official.
The plane en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers went missing at around 1:55 am GMT, or 50 minutes after taking off from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso. 
Algeria's state-run APS news agency quoted a statement from Air Algerie as saying that 112 passengers and seven crew members were onboard the missing plane.
A representative of the airline told a news conference in Ouagadougou that about 50 of them are French nationals.
Algerie Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters on the sidelines of a parliament session that the plane vanished over the Malian region of Gao, some 500 km southern of the Algerian border.
A joint search operation by French Air Force units in Mali and Algerian Air Force have been launched, a security source said.
Air Algerie also confirmed that the missing aircraft was chartered from the Spanish Swiftair company.
TSA, a local news website, said two emergency units have been set up by the airline, one in Algiers and the other one in Ouagadougou.
Algeria witnessed more than 10 plane crashes since its independence in 1962. The deadliest crash occurred in March 2003, where 97 passengers died and one survived when an Air Algerie plane crashed moments after taking off from Tamenrasset airport.