Amina Daher shows a photo of one of her relatives who perished in the AH5017 plane crash, in her house in Srifa, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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An Air Algerie plane crashed Thursday enroute from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with more than 100 passengers onboard, an Algerian aviation official said. The plane had disappeared from radar Thursday morning, with at least 20 of its passengers Lebanese, a source at Lebanon's consulate in Burkina Faso initially told The Daily Star, with officials later confirming the number.Randa Daher was on board of the AH 5017 plane with her kids Ali 17, Salah 15 and Shaymaa 5 .Swiftair, the private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed it had lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew.An Algerian aviation official said the last contact Algerian authorities had with the missing Air Algerie aircraft was at 0155 GMT when it was flying over Gao, Mali.Aviation websites said the missing aircraft, one of four MD-83s owned by Swiftair, was 18-years-old.Air Algerie's last major accident was in 2003 when one of its planes crashed shortly after take-off from the southern city of Tamanrasset, killing 102 people.
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