Nigerian Was On Board Of Algerian Plane That Crashed

A Nigerian was on board of an Algerian airplane that crashed on Thursday, July 24, killing all passengers and crew members.

Flight AH 5017 that was travelling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, the capital of Algeria, is believed to come down due to bad weather.

The identity of the Nigerian is not yet clear.

Wreckage of the plane were found by French soldiers near Malian border with Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso authorities said the passenger list comprised 27 people from Burkina Faso, 51 French, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, two from Luxembourg, five Canadians, four Germans, one Cameroonian, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Swiss, one Nigerian and one Malian.

The six crew members are Spanish.


French soldiers stand by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali’s Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24, 2014.

According to French authorities, poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash, but they were not ruling out other possibilities.

Officials said the pilot had contacted Niger’s control tower in Niamey to change course because of a sandstorm.

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