News Updates on Air Algerie Flight AH5017

4023413974Flight – AH5017
Registration – EC-LTV
Aircraft Type – McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator – Swiftair

24-Jul-2014 Air Algerie Flight 5017

Flight Route – From Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso To Algiers, Algeria (Operated by Swiftair)
Peoples on board – Passengers – 110
– Crew- 6

Air Algerie lost contact with the flight at 1:55 a.m. local time on 24 July 2014, fifty minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou bound for Algiers. As of 09:56 (UTC) on 24 July, Air Algerie had commenced a search for the aircraft. According to a French army spokesman, two French fighter jets joined the search for the missing plane along its probable route.The aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, leased from Swiftair, with 110 passengers and 6 crew members on board.

Air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair MD-83 around 50 minutes into the flight after the crew reportedly asked to change course due to a storm. The plane, which is operated by Air Algerie, was last picked up on radar at 1.55am GMT and should have landed in the Algerian capital around three hours later.

The missing aircraft is one of four MD-83s owned by Swiftair, was 18-years-old. The aircraft’s two engines are made by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies. U.S. planemaker McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, stopped producing the MD-80 airliner family in 1999 but it remains in widespread use. Expected there are 482 MD-80 aircraft in operation, many of them in the United States.

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