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UN finds second black box at Air Algerie crash site

The crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 is seen near the northern Mali town of Gossi in this undated handout picture released by ECPAD, the French Army Communication Audiovisual office, on July 25, 2014. REUTERS/ECPAD/Handout via Reuters

DAKAR: The United Nations said on Saturday that its experts had located the second black box from the Air Algerie flight that crashed in the West African country of Mali earlier this week.

Initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely.

The death toll of 118 includes at least 19 Lebanese and 54 French citizens.

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that the first of the black box recorders had been found and would be analysed.

Lebanese authorities called on relatives to come forward for DNA testing following an announcement by French President Francois Hollande that although the plane’s black box was found, none of the passengers survived the crash.

The government has also dispatched a government delegation to follow up on the investigation into the Air Algerie flight 5107 crashand the repatriation of the remains of Lebanese nationals who perished in the incident.

The delegation will include officials from the Foreign Ministry, General Security and the Higher Relief Committee. -With Reuters

 

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