Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early today, last sited at 1:55am GMT, the agency said. There are 110 passengers and six crew members aboard the Boeing MD-83, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the Algerian news 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. Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali, where unrest continues in the north. The plane is chartered from Swiftair, and the Spanish airline has confirmed it has been unable to establish contact, the BBCreports.