Amazing that news services here are reporting it as a A320 that went missing as opposed to an MD83
They dont exaxctly look alike!
Spanish private airline company Swiftair has confirmed it lost contact with the plane operated by Air Algerie "50 minutes after take-off".
The company said in a notice posted on its website that the aircraft took off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso at 1.17am, local time, and was supposed to land in Algiers at 5.10am, local time, but never reached its destination.
It is believed contact with the flight was lost while it was still in Malian airspace approaching the border with Algeria.
Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedragor said the flight had been asked to change route because of a storm, half an hour after its departure.
Satellite imagery from Eumetsat clearly shows a large storm in the flight's path at the time of the apparent diversion.
The weather may have forced the aircraft to re-route over a remote uninhabited mountainous region of Mali.
The Air Safety Network reports the plane's fate as "presumed damaged beyond repair".
A statement from Swiftair read: "Swiftair informs that an MD83 of this company, operated by Air Algerie, took off from Burkina Faso at 0117 Z for Algiers and expected arrival time 0510 Z but has not reached its destination. Until now there has been no contact with the aircraft.
"At this moment, emergency equipment and personnel of the company are working to find out what happened and as we get more details about what happened we will issue new releases."
There are 110 passengers and six crew members on board.
An Air Algerie spokesperson in Burkina Faso said the passenger list on the missing plane included at least 50 French nationals.
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