Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Algeria airliner missing on Sahara route from Burkina Faso
BBC ^ | 24 July 2014 | Staff

Posted on 07/24/2014 3:12:38 AM PDT by csvset

Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso. Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline is quoted by Algeria's state news agency as saying.

The passenger airliner, last seen at 0155 GMT, was bound for the Algerian capital Algiers, it added. Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, officials said. "In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," Air Algerie officials, quoted by APS news agency, said.

The plane is chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair. In a statement (in Spanish), Swiftair said that the aircraft was an MD83 and that they were unable to establish contact with the plane.

The plane was originally scheduled to land at 0510 local time, it said. Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week, AFP news agency reported.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: africa; ah5017; algeria; aviation; md83; missing; ouagadougou; swiftair
Anything could have happened and probably did.
1 posted on 07/24/2014 3:12:39 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: csvset

Anything. Well, that’s very astute.

I’m starting to think my frequent flyer miles might not be worth it.


2 posted on 07/24/2014 3:14:34 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Probably another black hole brought on by global warming.


3 posted on 07/24/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Well you know, with disappearing airplanes, rebels shooting airplanes down, weather related crashes, mechanical failures, Islamic fanatics, etc, I just wanted to cover all bases.

Still early. Must drink coffee.

4 posted on 07/24/2014 3:19:32 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

Are passenger’s phones ringing? Nowadays that’s always a concern.


5 posted on 07/24/2014 3:21:02 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: csvset

I’m supposed to take an international flight in about 2 weeks. Between the two Malaysia Air losses, that Taiwan crash, and now this, the summer is not looking good for air travel.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 3:26:53 AM PDT by Little Pig
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

LOL

Freepers. Funniest people evuh!


7 posted on 07/24/2014 3:30:07 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: csvset

The plane involved is an MD-83, a variant of the MD-80; per Wiki, they were manufactured from 1984 to 1999.

I’ve flown on an MD-88. Narrow body, but not bad.


8 posted on 07/24/2014 3:30:07 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Little Pig
Stick with a major carrier and you'll be fine.

Heard this on the radio yesterday.

After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?

Lo and behold, Malasian Airlines management was awarded on the basis of affirmative action policies that benefit ethnic Malays. 0.0

9 posted on 07/24/2014 3:36:21 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: csvset

I’m embarrassed to type that I didn’t know there was a country named Burkina Faso.

Per capital GDP of $1,400. Fertility rate of 5.93 children per woman. The median age of the population is 16.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 3:52:40 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Right, nowadays it seems to be getting harder to separate the background noise from the meaningful data. Was this just a tragic accident or something more sinister? We’ll have to wait to find out, but count me suspicious in this environment.


11 posted on 07/24/2014 3:53:19 AM PDT by LibWhacker (A New WPA: Hire blacks to surround illegal enclaves and round up job-stealing illegal aliens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanAbroad

Mad Dogs


12 posted on 07/24/2014 3:54:49 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: LibWhacker
Well, it wasn't over the ocean so, if there's a smoking wreck somewhere, it should be found relatively easily. If it's never seen again, that would be troublesome.

The connection to Algeria, reminded me of this.

Air France Flight 8969

13 posted on 07/24/2014 4:00:08 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker
and ...

Education in Burkina Faso is divided into primary, secondary and higher education.[47] However schooling costs approximately CFA 50,000 ($97 USD) per year, which is far above the means of most Burkinabè families.

14 posted on 07/24/2014 4:00:47 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker

That region has had a very serious problem with Ebola.


15 posted on 07/24/2014 4:02:45 AM PDT by mware
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: AnAmericanAbroad

Always remember, those planes were built by the lowest bidder.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 4:09:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: csvset
The BBC updated the story.

An unnamed Air Algerie company source, speaking to AFP news agency, said:

"The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route."

"Contact was lost after the change of course."

Ahhh, fudge. Doesn't sound good. What about the other plane?

17 posted on 07/24/2014 4:09:46 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

I haven’t seen this many planes falling out of the skies since the Clinton administration.


18 posted on 07/24/2014 4:12:50 AM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker
Burkina Faso ? Wasn't she a winner on American Idol ? j/k

Fantasia Barrino

19 posted on 07/24/2014 4:13:07 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: knarf
If $97 is far above the means, I wonder: who is flying out of this place and how much is a ticket...and why?

I've not heard of this country, but a quick wiki check (prob getting LOTS of hits today as people wake up and say, "WTH is Burkina Faso?" :P) shows it sure isn't a vacation destination. Sounds like a pretty volatile region. Same president since 1987? Geez.

20 posted on 07/24/2014 4:17:21 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: ZinGirl
From the CIA's World Factbook:

Major infectious diseases:

degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne disease: dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis
animal contact disease: rabies

note: highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds (2013)

Honey, cancel the vacation to Burkina Faso!

21 posted on 07/24/2014 4:27:01 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Good heavens - definitely cancel that vacay. I’ve just been reading a bit about it...and, no thank you for any free trips to this place.


22 posted on 07/24/2014 4:31:15 AM PDT by ZinGirl (kids in college....can't afford a tagline right now)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: csvset

For the record, Burkina Faso has a French owned cigarette factory that uses filter material from Tennessee


23 posted on 07/24/2014 4:31:20 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Little Pig
I’m supposed to take an international flight in about 2 weeks. Between the two Malaysia Air losses, that Taiwan crash, and now this...

I flew Emirates to Hong Kong (via Dubai) just after the Malaysian Airlines disappearance.I must admit that I was sweating bullets mainly because it was an Arab airline connecting through an Arab city.But I survived.

24 posted on 07/24/2014 4:36:13 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker

Oh yeah....pretty much due East of the Yucatan Peninsula.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: bert

Just out of curiosity, what material are cigarette filters made from anyways?


26 posted on 07/24/2014 4:38:40 AM PDT by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Cigarette filters are made from any one of very many specific varieties of cigarette filter tow that is a continuous ribbon of extremely fine cellulose acetate fibers ie 35,000 total denier. The tow is bundled into a wrapped pencil shaped strip then cut into the length required.


27 posted on 07/24/2014 4:45:07 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Nobody has blamed Putin yet?


28 posted on 07/24/2014 4:47:30 AM PDT by McGruff (You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

asbestos

just kidding


29 posted on 07/24/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT by SisterK (the great tribulation begins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: csvset
hope this plane does not show up at Border Patrol in El Paso
30 posted on 07/24/2014 4:51:50 AM PDT by SisterK (the great tribulation begins)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker

It was called Upper Volta until the 80s.


31 posted on 07/24/2014 4:54:11 AM PDT by FewsOrange
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: FewsOrange

Either I missed the renaming or I’d forgotten it.


32 posted on 07/24/2014 5:06:14 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Who else are the Russkies supplying BUK’s to?


33 posted on 07/24/2014 5:06:18 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker
I’m embarrassed to type that I didn’t know there was a country named Burkina Faso.

You and me, both.

34 posted on 07/24/2014 5:18:24 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: McGruff
Nobody has blamed Putin yet?

No,Vlad's unlikely to have been involved in this one.Nor is W likely to have been involved.But Vlad's 100% responsible for those 300 people last week regardless of what he...or anyone at FR...might claim.

35 posted on 07/24/2014 5:21:01 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker
I’m embarrassed to type that I didn’t know there was a country named Burkina Faso.

A woman I went out with years ago had a joke she'd play on me...if I displeased her in any way she'd smile and threaten to send me packing to Ouagadougou.Swear to God it's true!

36 posted on 07/24/2014 5:24:48 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative

Wow! That’s pretty evil. Hubby flies out of there. I live in Las Vegas and there’s a reason for that. He refuses to move me there. He must really love me.


37 posted on 07/24/2014 5:29:56 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: pops88
Wow! That’s pretty evil. Hubby flies out of there. I live in Las Vegas and there’s a reason for that. He refuses to move me there. He must really love me.

No,it's probably because he still hasn't learned how to spell it! ;-)

38 posted on 07/24/2014 6:30:33 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative

LOL. I know, really, and the poor guy spells about as well as a third grader to begin with. Heck of a pilot though.


39 posted on 07/24/2014 6:34:20 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: pops88
LOL. I know, really, and the poor guy spells about as well as a third grader to begin with. Heck of a pilot though.

Ooops...I should have been more clear.My joke was in connection to how difficult it is to spell Ouagadougou.But knowing now how poor a speller he is I do hope he can spell "north"..."south"...."cleared to land",etc! ;-)

40 posted on 07/24/2014 6:46:00 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Gay State Conservative

My dad won a state spelling bee and my mom was a “Who’s Who” pioneering reading specialist. I gave up trying and just copy and paste now.


41 posted on 07/24/2014 6:54:05 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Then there’s global affirmative action. Nothing seems to function in fast-moving situations that require excellent problem solving skills.


42 posted on 07/24/2014 6:55:49 AM PDT by grania
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: csvset

Any Ukrainian rebels in the area?


43 posted on 07/24/2014 6:56:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson