Thursday 25 December 2014

French officials to examine Air Algerie black boxes

Published 27/07/2014 | 16:04

A French soldier at the site of the plane crash in northern Mali
A French soldier at the site of the plane crash in northern Mali

Black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis, according to French officials.

The boxes will be transferred from northern Mali to the capital, Bamako, and then delivered to Paris by French gendarmes.

The plane took off from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and was heading to Algiers, Algeria, when it crashed early on Thursday in northern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso.

French authorities say extreme bad weather was the likely cause but are not ruling out other possibilities, including terrorism.

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that data from the black boxes must be analysed as quickly as possible.

The crash killed 118 people, nearly half of whom were French.

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