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Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar07/24 06:05

   ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Authorities say a flight operated by Air Algerie 
carrying 110 passengers and a crew of six has disappeared from the radar on a 
flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.

   The official Algerian news agency said air navigation services lost track of 
the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff --- at 0155 GMT. Flight AH5017 had 
been missing for hours before news was made public.

   Swiftair, the private Spanish airline, confirmed that 116 people were aboard.

   THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. 
AP's earlier story is below.

   An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from 
radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news 
agency said Thursday.

   Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff 
early Thursday, last sited 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.

   Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali 
where unrest continues in the north.


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