Report: Air Algerie plane vanishes from radar

ALGIERS, Algeria -- An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday.

Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 1:50 a.m. GMT (10:50p EDT), the agency said.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

Swiftair, a Spanish company that leases aircraft to other carriers, said in a statement that it owns the missing McDonnell Douglas MD-83 that was being operated by Air Algerie. Swiftair said there were 116 people on board, including six crew members.

The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali, where unrest continues in the north.

An Algerian official says the plane was over Mali when it disappeared, according to the Reuters news agency.

CBS News' Debora Patta reports diplomats have told her insurgents in northern Mali are not believed to have weapons capable of shooting down a commercial airliner flying at cruising altitude.

But she notes that the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a warning for U.S. carriers not to fly over Mali.


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