Jul 242014

A NEW AIRCRAFT MISSING: Air Algerie has lost contact with a plane carrying 116 people on board!

Air Algerie plane

Air Algerie flight AH5017 vanished off radar while returning from Burkina Faso (Credit: internet)

Airline Air Algérie announced that it lost contact with one of its planes 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Thursday.

Update: Air Algerie tweets that flight AH5017 has apparently crashed about 70 km from the city of Gao in eastern Mali.

Algerian officials have announced that the aircraft, initially thought to be an Airbus A320 but later revised to an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members (2 pilots and 4 cabin crew).

The MD-83 is part of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 family of twin-engine, single-aisle aircraft.

A private Spanish company, Swiftair, operates the plane for Air Algerie. “We have lost contact with the plane,” Swiftair said.

“At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation.”

Air navigation services have lost radar connection with Air Algérie flight today while flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, less than an hour after departure, said also the Algeria’s national airline.

“Air Algérie informs that air navigation service made a last contact with flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou to Algiers, on the 24th July at 01.55 GMT respectively 50 minutes after takeoff,” said the airline in a statement.

The company implemented a “contingency plan,” according to the text.

On its Web site, Air Algérie informs that it provides four weekly flights to Ouagadougou, one of which takes off on Thursday from Algerian capital.

Jul 232014

A TransAsia Airways passenger plane carrying 54 passengers and four crew members crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu on Wednesday, reports taiwannews.com. At least 51 people died, according to preliminary information.

Transasia Airways Flight GE 222 crashed in poor weather condition during an emergency landing on the Penghu island. Firefighters who arrived at the crash scene said that 51 people were dead and seven injured. However, the death toll may still rise.

The plane, an ATR 72, crashed into a residential building near the airport of Magong at about 19.00 local time.

Jul 222014

Netherlands declares national mourning on Wednesday when the first bodies of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines air disaster in eastern Ukraine arrive into the country.

A minute of silence will be held across the Netherlands after the aircraft carrying flight MH17 victims remains lands at Eindhoven airport.

“Prime Minister Mark Rutte has decreed national mourning day on July 23,” reads a statement released by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

298 people lost their lives after Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crashed on July 17 near the village Grabovo, 50 kilometers from Donetsk, in a conflict area overwhelmed by clashes between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 222014

A Belgian military plane took off Tuesday afternoon and is on his way to Kiev with the mission of transporting to the UK the black boxes of the Boeing 777 passenger jet that operated the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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Embraer plane of Belgian air force to carry MH17 black boxes to UK (Public Domain)

The Embraer plane took off from the Melsbroek military airport with the destination Kiev, informs AFP. The aircraft carries technical experts and representatives of the UN, said the spokesperson for the media.

MH17 black boxes – flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder – are set to be loaded on board and taken to the United Kingdom, where the information on the data storage devices will be analyzed.

The Malaysian aircraft Boeing 777 operating flight MH17 was purportedly shot down by a rocket last Thursday in the airspace over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board including 283 passengers and 15 crew, were killed in the dramatic incident.

Jul 222014

U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has banned all flights of the passenger planes to Israel for 24 hours because of the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas. The ban was issued following a rocket attack that took place one kilometer and a half away from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and only applies to [READ MORE...]

Jul 222014
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Jul 212014
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Jul 172014
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Jul 172014

A Ukrainian warplane was shot down by the Russian army while still in Ukraine’s airspace, say authorities in Kiev. “Our plane was shot down by a rocket and the pilot managed to eject”, said in a brief statement of the Ukrainian institution. Russian military launched a missile to an SU-25 fighter jet aircraft that was [READ MORE...]

Jul 162014

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