Skip to comments.French official: Air Algerie flight that disppeared from radar crashed in Mali
Posted on 07/24/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
A French Ministry of Defense official tells Fox News that the Air Algerie jet carrying 116 people that vanished from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night has crashed in Mali, and that two French fighter jets have located the wreckage.
Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 roughly 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 9:55 p.m. ET Wednesday, the official Algerian news agency said.
France's foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told The Associated Press that the flight "probably crashed."
The French Ministry of Defense official told Fox News that the plane went down near the Malian city of Gao, a city essentially under the control of the Malian government, though it has seen lingering separatist violence.
On Ougadougou airports website, it listed Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and niece of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as being on the plane. However, the claim could not be verified.
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Timbuktu is in Mali.
Timbuktu was captured from the Malian military by the Islamist Tuareg rebels of the MNLA and Ansar Dine in 2012.
MNLA declared the region independent of Mali as the nation of Azawad.
The declared political entity was not recognized by any local nations or the international community and it collapsed three months later on 12 July, 2012.
On 28 January 2013, French and Malian government troops began retaking Timbuktu from the Islamist rebels.
The force of 1,000 French troops with 200 Malian soldiers retook Timbuktu without a fight.
The Islamist groups had already fled north a few days earlier, having set fire to the Ahmed Baba Institute, which housed many important manuscripts.
The building housing the Ahmed Baba Institute was funded by South Africa, and held 30,000 manuscripts. BBC World Service radio news reported on 29 January 2013 that approximately 28,000 of the manuscripts in the Institute had been removed to safety from the premises before the attack by the Islamist groups, and that the whereabouts of about 2,000 manuscripts remained unknown. It was intended to be a resource for Islamic research.
On 30 March, jihadist rebels infiltrated into Timbuktu just nine days prior to a suicide bombing on a Malian army checkpoint at the international airport killing a soldier. Fighting lasted until 1 April, when French warplanes helped Malian ground forces chase the remaining rebels out of the city center.
Mali is a very unstable area today.
Sure are having a bunch of unexplained plane issues since Obama took office.
I guess the FAA will be suspending all flights to Mali now? lol.... whatever.
Good thing they stayed out of Tel Aviv! That would have been dangerous!
Castro’s daughter? Interesting.
>the whereabouts of about 2,000 manuscripts remained unknown. It was intended to be a resource for Islamic research.
The only research that needs done is how to eliminate the terror that is islam.
What weapons do we know the Obama regime has given to terrorists thus far? The Manpads are “missing” but what else did Ghadaffi have that may have been given to Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria or elsewhere?
Heck, Chicago still has more shootings. They need to shut that path down, too.
A lot of planes crashed during the Klinton administration too. They always involved someone associated with the Klintons in some form, being on board.
MAY have crashed is the latest....
I’ve read an article about those manuscripts. They date from the 13th century and have historical value. And here’s the irony: they are Islamic religious texts. Who wants to destroy them? Moslems. Who wants to protect them? Christians.
Well, ‘coincidence’ doesn’t seem to be in the top 10 of possibilities (as it once might have been.)