President Francois Hollande confirmed all lives have been lost and that no hypothesis was ruled out as to the cause of the Air Algerie Plane crash as French soldiers found a black box in wreckage.
It has now been confirmed that there are no survivors from AH5017, the Telegraph reported.
Speaking after a crisis meeting, President Francois Hollande announced that French soldiers have reached the wreckage and retrieved the plane’s black box, but that all passengers have perished. He said that no hypothesis is being ruled out regarding the cause of the crash.
Flight AH5017 was carrying at least 116 people when it departed for Algeria. It disappeared from radar after diverting from its planned course due to bad weather, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters.
Radar contact with the crew was lost 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, at 1:47 am Thursday, Fabius said. The aircraft was supposed to arrive at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport. Mali lies between Burkina Faso and Algeria.
The plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members. Among the passengers were 50 people from France; 24 from Burkina Faso; 8 Lebanese; 6 Algerians; 5 Canadians; 4 Germans; 2 from Luxembourg; 1 from Mali; 1 Cameroonian; 1 Belgian; 1 Ukrainian; 1 Romanian; 1 Swiss; 1 Nigerian; and 1 Egyptian. The plane’s 6 crew members were Spanish.