Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie aircraft - APS state news agency

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    Algeria lost contact with Air Algerie aircraft - APS state news agency


    Air Algerie plane goes missing an hour after leaving Burkina Faso


     
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    Here's an update:

     
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    According to this article, it was an MD-83, not a 737-200.

    More sad aviation news, not a good week.
     
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    Appears to be confirmed as an MD-83 from more sources, as Gargoyle notes. It went down somewhere near the border with Mali, which is also a war zone. Was there no other routing he could have been given, or chose himself? Also if he had seen the storm on his aircraft's weather radar, is it not possible to climb well above the storm if given enough advance notice and if the storm itself didn't go higher then the aircraft's maximum altitude?
     
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    Here's the flight path:
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    Isn't that the original planned flight path, that was altered to the right to bypass the heavy storm?
     
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    Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali

    Read more here http://www.straitstimes.com/news/wo...sing-air-algerie-airliner-found-mali-20140725
     
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    Poor weather 'most likely' caused Air Algerie crash
    * President Hollande says no survivors in crash
    * One black box flight recorder has been retrieved
    * French soldiers secure crash site, recover bodies


    "French soldiers who are on the ground have started the first investigations. Sadly, there are no survivors," French President Francois Hollande told reporters.

    A column of 100 soldiers and 30 vehicles from the French force stationed in the region arrived early on Friday morning to secure the crash site near the northern Mali town of Gossi and to recover bodies, a Defence Ministry official said.

    Hollande said one of the black box flight recorders had already been recovered and would be analysed quickly.

    "The plane's debris is concentrated in a small area, but it is too early to draw conclusions," Hollande said of the wreckage of the plane carrying at least 51 French nationals that crashed near the border with Burkina Faso, from where it had taken off.

    "There are theories, especially the weather, but I'm not excluding any theory."

    The death toll was revised to 118 from 116 after a final passenger manifest was issued.

    http://www.independent.ie/world-new...likely-caused-air-algerie-crash-30459802.html
     
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    Picture above is of an Airbus. Accident aircraft has been confirmed as an MD-83. Some TV stations have initially shown a picture of a B737 in their reports, until more information came out.
     
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    FWIW, if you know your aircraft, this "airplane substitution" occurs all the time in the online/print media. It's very common in military aircraft-based reports, where some editor pulls out a jet/helicopter/fixed wing airplane file photo, and uses it in lieu of finding a picture of the actual aircraft described in the report.
     
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    Yep, rush to report before all, or even the most basic, facts are in. Sometimes it's better just to report the facts as they come in, instead of embelishing them with unknown or incorrect additions. But such is the media world we live in today, where speed of breaking news is often more important then the news itself.
     
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