Missing plane crashed in Mali: Not reported for hours

Thursday , July 24, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Associated Press + Standard-Examiner

The wreckage of Air Algerie flight 5017 has been discovered in Tilemsi, Mali but it is reported now that Fidel Castro’s niece Mariela Castro was not on board.

The jet took off from Burkina Faso at 1:17 a.m. local time (9:17 p.m. ET on Wednesday) and was due to land in Algiers at 5:10 a.m. local time (12:10 a.m. ET),

The pilots were asked to change their route about 20 minutes after take-off due to storm and heavy rains. The pilots then lost contact about 50 minutes later, vanishing over West Africa and missing for hours. It is unclear why the airline or government officials didn't make any public statement about the disappearance.

Two French fighter jets scoured the rugged north of Mali for the MD-83 carrying 116 people that was traveling from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou to the Algerian capital.

About half of the other remaining passengers were French.

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