Nation & World News

France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

By Eyder Peralta on July 25th, 2014

A day after an Air Algerie jet crashed in Mali killing all 118 people aboard, France is dispatching a military unit to the site.

ABC News reports that on Friday morning French President François Hollande said one of the flight data recorders had been recovered. ABC adds:

“A French Reaper drone based in Niger spotted the wreckage, French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier told France-Info radio on Friday. Two helicopter teams also overflew, noting that the wreckage was in a concentrated area. A column of soldiers in some 30 vehicles were dispatched to the site, he said.

“A statement early Friday from the Hollande’s office said the aircraft had been clearly identified ‘despite its state of disintegration.'”

Air Algerie flight AH5017 was traveling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers. Authorities lost contact with the plane shortly after they asked it to change course due to low visibility.

Reuters reports that Hollande said he would not exclude any theory as to what caused the plane crash, but weather is the leading contender.

Reuters adds:

“Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said the strong smell of aircraft fuel at the crash site and the fact that the debris was scattered over a relatively small area also suggested the cause of the crash was linked to weather, a technical problem or a cumulation of such factors.

“‘We exclude – and have done so from the start – any ground strike,’ Cuvillier told France2 television.”

Fifty-one of the passengers aboard the plane were French.

Update at 2:23 p.m. ET. The Death Toll:

We’ve updated the death toll in this post from 116 to 118. President Hollande amended that number during his speech today.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is seen inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Star City, Russia. Kelly, along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency, are scheduled for launch Friday aboard a Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

During astronaut Scott Kelly’s year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.


Workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory used organic cat litter to clean up nuclear waste. The litter triggered chemical reactions that later caused a drum to burst.

Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

An official investigation into an accident last February at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.


Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, on Thursday, where he signed into law a bill that would allow business owners with strong religious convictions to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

Indiana’s Governor Signs ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby waits at the entrance to Leicester cathedral where the reinterment ceremony of Richard III was held Thursday.

Richard III, Whose Remains Were Found Under A Parking Lot, Reburied

The last English king to die in battle was finally given a burial fit for a king — some 530 years after he was killed.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments