Jul 272014

Malaysia Airlines MH17 catastrophe made ​one more victim! A 93-year-old Dutchman died from broken heart caused by the loss of his only daughter, his son in law and two grandchildren, said the family.

Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines

Boeing 777 operating Flight MH17 at Amsterdam airport hours before crash (Facebook/Cor Pan)

Hendrik Henk Palm passed away of unbearable pain caused by the sudden disappearance of daughter Erla (Palm), her husband Rob (van der Linde) and their children Mark and Merel who lost their lives when flight MH17 was reportedly shot down by pro-Russian separatists over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014,” reads an obituaries published in the local newspaper “De Stentor”.

According to the publication, Hendrik Palm, a resident of northern Dutch city of Roden, died on Tuesday, five days after Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 jet was downed with 298 people on board, of which 193 were Dutch.

A day of mourning was declared on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Palm’s death notice pays tribute to the four family members who were on the doomed flight.

Media in the Netherlands wrote that the family, who lived in Roden, was going on holiday in Malaysia. Henk Palm’s grandson Merel was 17 and his brother Mark, 12.

Contacted by regional station RTV Drenthe, a cousin of Erla said that she who took care of her father, a widower and infirm.

Many messages of condolence were posted on the Internet.
“Dear Palm, sorry that you died heartbroken and I hope you are with your daughter,” writes “a mother”.

Many bodies were brought to Holland to be identified, but others are still at the disaster site, where investigators work is hampered by intensified armed confrontations between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 252014

First pictures showing the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 that crashed on Thursday in northern Mali, emerged on television and internet (scroll for images). The crash site has been located with help from a Reaper observation drone of the French Army based in Niamey, the Defense Ministry said Friday. The plane took off on early morning of Thursday from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard and was bound for Algiers. The aircraft disappeared off radar screens 50 minutes after departure.

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Crash site of Air Algerie was located by drone of French Army (Credit: web)

Air Algerie plane crashed killing 116 people on board and it is now suspected that the tragedy was “most likely” caused by poor weather conditions in the region, said French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

“We believe that the plane crashed due to bad weather,” said the Minister for RTL radio, adding however that “no hypothesis is ruled out as long as the investigation is still ongoing”.

“Desintegration occurred when the plane impacted the ground,” he said, adding that the possible destruction of the aircraft in flight is a “highly unlikely scenario”.

The area where the wreckage was spotted by a Reaper drone deployed by the French Army which is stationed in Niamey.

Officials at Elysee Palace announced that the wreck was pinpointed overnight in Mali’s Goss region, “near the border with Burkina Faso.” Goss is located about 100 km south-west of Gao, the largest city in northern Mali.

Video: First picture: French troops secure Air Algerie crash site in Mali

Jul 252014

10 members of a French family were among the passengers of Air Algerie AH5017 flight that vanished on radar screens before crashing in a remote area of war-torn Mali yesterday. Many of the passengers were going on vacation, others on business trips.

Reynaud family – including grandparents, their two sons with their wives and four children, were on their way home after had visited a relative who married in Burkina Faso, writes Le Figaro. The grandparents were divorced and lived separated in Lion and Lorette. Their children and families were living in Chambery and Gex.

“Nathan, one of the children, broke his leg and they had thoughts to cancel the trip. They were supposed to join us on holiday, my son waited for them …but they did not come anymore,” said Dauphiné Libéré, a family friend.

Children’s friends have created several Facebook pages such that they can pay tribute to the victims.
116 people including 54 French nationals died on Thursday when Air Algerie plane crash in Mali while en route from Ouagadougou to Algiers.

Jul 242014

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

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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.

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