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Algeria Plane Vanishes From Radar Over Northern Mali

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ALGIERS, Algeria (CBS NEWS) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane’s owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.

An Algerian official confirmed to CBS News’ Debora Patta that the plane had crashed, but he said it remained unclear where it came down or why.

Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83 about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ougadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT (6:55 p.m. PST Wednesday), the official Algerian news agency APS said.

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