A man cries as he crouches before flowers to pay homage to the young brother he lost in the crash of the Air Algerie AH5017 flight, at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU
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The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 meters in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying.French officials have said they believe bad weather was most likely to blame for the crash, which killed all 118 passengers and crew when the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft smashed into the ground south of the Malian town of Gossi, near the border with Burkina Faso.Diendere said the last contact with the plane at its altitude of 10,000 metres was at 0147 GMT and the crash was reported by witnesses to have taken place at 0150 .
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