Contact lost with Algerian plane with 119 passengersUpdated: 2014-07-24 22:01:43 (KST)
An Algerian passenger plane with around 120 people on board has lost contact with control towers after taking off from West Africa.
Company sources from Air Algerie have reportedly said that the passenger plane vanished from radar screens less than an hour into its flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital on Thursday.
The airline added that the plane had made a detour due to poor visibility from heavy rains before going dark.
According to Burkina Faso's transport minister, 50 French nationals were among those on board, along with passengers from 10 other countries.
Algeria's Prime Minister Abdel-malek Sellal was cited by local media as saying that the plane had disappeared over Mali, some 500 kilometers from the Algerian border.
However, early reports from private Algerian broadcaster Elnhar says the aircraft has crashed in Niger after crossing the airspace of the capital city Niamey.
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