Air Algerie Jet Crashes Killing All 116 Passengers

The Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, said a French Defense Ministry official. The official also said that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday. This means that the flight went missing hours before the news made headlines.

Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane carrying 110 passengers and six crew members.

Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter, Mariela Castro, is believed to have been aboard the flight and among the dead. Mariela Castro is the niece of the former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Ougadougou Airport had initially said that Ms. Castro was aboard the plane. Cuban officials are currently investigating. Mariela Castro runs an LGBT non-profit in Cuba and may have been in the area doing charity work for the HIV/AIDS cause.

Sources: FoxNews & ABC News

Update 1: Some sources are now saying that Ms. Castro was not on the plane. However, ABC and CNN continue to report that she was but has not officially confirmed it.

Update 2: Spanish news station Univision is reporting that Cuban government officials are saying that Ms. Castro is alive and in Cuba.

Update 3: The Cuban President’s daughter was NOT aboard the Air Algerie flight that crashed.

Flight plan

Flight plan

A Swiftair MD-83 jet used in the Air Algerie plane crash.

A Swiftair MD-83 jet used in the Air Algerie plane crash.

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3 Comments on Air Algerie Jet Crashes Killing All 116 Passengers

  1. Really Sad News! I have to take a flight from Germany to US and I’m terrorized

    • No need to be scared, Remy. Even though this may be the ‘deadliest’ year in recent aviation, it is still safer than driving a car! European and U.S. carriers are amongst the safest!

  2. dever thomas // July 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm //

    done on purpose, plane remotely highjacked in revenge for cuba agreeing with russia to open new spying posts

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