Air Algerie Found in “Disintegrated State” w/o Survivors
By Athena Yenko | July 26, 2014 2:55 PM EST
Air Algerie Flight 5017 is found Friday, but unfortunately in "disintegrated state" that has left no surviving passengers, French President Francoise Hollande announced on July 25.
An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014. An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi (Algeria - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT)
The wreckage of Air Algerie plane was found in Mali and in a horribly "disintegrated state, " Mr Hollande told press.
"There are unfortunately no survivors. I share the pain of the families who are living a horrible ordeal," he said. Hollande said the families would be welcomed to the Foreign Ministry Saturday to be given all the latest information," he grimly said.
"My thoughts go to the 118 victims, those close to them and their families," Mr Hollande said.
However, the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, an official statement from the Air Algerie said.
Airline authorities had also given a different count saying the flight was carrying 116 people as it left from Burkina Faso to Algeria on Friday.
The Flight 5017 had six Algerian passengers, five Canadians, four Germans, two from Luxembourg and one each from Mali, Cameroon, Belgium, Ukraine, Romania, Nigeria and Egypt; including six Spanish crew members, Air Algerie said.
The helicopter from Burkina Faso located the wreckage in Mali, Prime Minister Luc Adolphe Tiao said in a statement.
Mr Tiao gave another conflicting number as he said 28 of the passengers were from Burkina Faso. He underlined that the Air Algerie Flight 5017 has got nothing to do with the mediation being done by Algeria and Burkina Faso between conflicted French government and Islamist militants in Mali.
Air Algerie Flight 5017 disappeared from radar after veering away from its original travel path due to poor weather conditions, various reports claimed. However, Mr Hollande said that the government will not jump into conclusion.
"What we already know is that the debris from the plane is concentrated in a limited area, but it's still too early to draw conclusions. There are hypotheses around -- notably that it was to do with the weather. But we are ruling nothing out because we want to know everything, " Hollande said.
Meanwhile, speaking with local radio station, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the plane "was destroyed at the moment it crashed."
"We think the aircraft crashed for reasons linked to the weather conditions, although no theory can be excluded at this point," Cazeneuve said.
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