President Hollande says no survivors in Algerie AH5017 crash

President Hollande says no survivors in Algerie AH5017 crash

French president Francois Hollande has said there are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet crash.

The plane came down travelling from Burkina Faso to Algiers, when it came down in Mali yesterday.

The national airline of Algeria said contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou.

Hollande said one of two flight data recorders had been recovered, after French troops reached the crash site.

The 116 passengers on the Air Algerie flight included 51 French citizens.

Additionally, there were 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian.

Flight AH 5017 was last seen at 01:55 GMT and should have landed at 05:10.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 had been chartered from Spanish airline, Swiftair.

The plane was on route to Algiers