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UN Finds 2nd Air Algerie Black Box     07/26 12:05

   BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday 
that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell 
from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people 
onboard.

   U.N. specialists located the second black box that may help to determine 
what caused the plane to go down, according to a statement by the U.N. mission.

   The Air Algerie jet was flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, 
Algeria on Thursday when it went down in a remote part of northern Mali near 
the border with Burkina Faso.

   The Burkina Faso government has flown three family members of those killed 
aboard the jet to the site in Mali where debris from the plane and the remains 
of passengers are scattered, said spokesman Victorien Sawadogo.

   A government helicopter on Saturday morning transported the family members 
--- from France, Lebanon and Burkina Faso --- so they could view the results of 
the air disaster, he said. A psychologist is accompanying them and a second 
flight to the site was planned later Saturday, he said.

   Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore will meet with other family members 
Saturday afternoon, said the spokesman.

   In Paris, French President Francois Hollande was meeting on Saturday with 
families of victims. Nearly half of the victims were French.

   Spanish and Algerian officials flew to Burkina Faso Saturday to express 
their condolences.

   "We send a message of condolences, sympathy, solidarity and availability to 
the people of Burkina Faso," Amar Ghoule, the Algerian minister of 
transportation and special envoy of president Aziz Bouteflika, told journalists 
after meeting with Compaore.

   The Spanish ambassador in Burkina Fernando Maran also expressed "the will of 
the Spanish government to collaborate with Burkina Faso and other countries by 
making available all technical and human means that they have." All six members 
of flight AH 5017 were Spanish.

   In Ouagadougou, a supermarket has been closed for the second day after the 
loss of the owner. Eight Lebanese nationals died in the crash, according to the 
Burkinabe press.


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