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French minister: Missing plane probably crashed

Published:Friday | July 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

PARIS (AP):

France's foreign minister says the Air Algerie flight that has gone missing over Mali has "probably crashed".

Laurent Fabius says "no trace" of the plane has been found. Two French fighter jets are among aircraft scouring the rugged north of Mali for the MD-83 that was traveling from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou to Algiers, the Algerian capital.

About half of the passengers were French.

Reports are that the flight disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said yesterday.

Emergency plan

Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after take-off early yesterday, last sighted at 0155 GMT, the agency said.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.