The Mali president said wreckage of the missing Air Algeria jetliner has been found in a desert area of north Mali, according to Reuters. Air Algeria Flight AH0517 disappeared off the radar early Thursday with 116 people aboard. USA Today report the passenger airliner left Burkina Faso and was headed to Algeria when it vanished over the Sahara in Africa. Air traffic controllers lost track of the Air Algeria plane about 50 minutes after it departed Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at 0155 GMT, the official Al Algerian news agency said. The passenger airliner, a MD-83 aircraft, was missing for hours before the news was made public.
CNN reports there were 110 passengers, 2 Spanish pilots and 4 crew members aboard. The passengers included 50 French, 24 from Burkina Faso, 6 Algerians, 5 Canadians, 4 Germans, 2 from Luxembourg and 1 from Mali, according to airline officials.
Swiftair, a private Spanish company owns the plane. Air Algeria operated it.