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'No survivors' from Air Algerie crash in Mali

'No survivors' from Air Algerie crash in Mali
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French President Francois Hollande has said there were no survivors in the crash of an Air Algerie passenger plane which crashed in Mali on Thursday.

French officials say all 118 people on board perished, including 54 French nationals.

The plane disappeared soon after pilots reported severe storms.

En route from Burkina Faso to Algeria, experts believe the aircraft broke up as it hit groud, coming down between Gossi and Gao.

French President Francois Hollande said one of the plane’s data recorders had already been retrieved.

“It’s still too early to draw any conclusions, but they’ll come. There are theories, notably about the weather, but we aren’t ruling anything out. We want to know everything that happened,” Hollande said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83, which had a Spanish crew, was chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair.

There were also people of several other nationalities on board the flight, including passengers from Burkina Faso, Algeria, Germany and Canada.