An Air Algerie plane with 116 people on board crashed in Mali on the route between Burkina Faso and Algeria. France sent military forces to secure the crash site, which was located by ground forces. According to the office of president Francois Hollande, the wreckage was identified even if the plane “disintegrated”. It was also mentioned that 51 French nationals were on board and initial reports show no survivors.
Gilbert Diendere, Burkina Faso army general, officially confirmed that the plane wreck was located in Gossi, a Malian region located north of Burkina Faso. He stated:
“At this location the rescue mission found debris from the plane that unfortunately included the remains of human bodies.”
The initial assessment is that the plane encountered storms as taking off from the city of Ouagadougou. The pilots asked to change route due but it is not known if the storm caused the crash.
Francois Hollande responded by canceling an official visit of overseas territories and declaring that ground military forces will be used to locate aircraft crash site.
The plane was last seen on radar in the area between Gao and Tissalit. Gao is currently under the control of Al-Qaida linked Islamist militants. Due to the recent MH17 Ukraine incident, concerns are high but no fowl play indication exists.