A Swiftair McDonnell Douglas MD-83 on behalf of Air Algerie, registration EC-LTV performing flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Algiers (Algeria) with 110 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute over Mali near Gao about 50 minutes into the flight at around 02:55L (01:55Z), when contact with the aircraft was lost. There are no reports that the aircraft landed at an airport, that the aircraft could have reached. In the meantime the aircraft would have run out of fuel.

Swiftair and Air Algerie confirmed they have lost contact to the aircraft at about 03:00L/02:00Z.

Swiftair reports, their MD-83 departed Burkina Faso at 01:17Z with 110 passengers and 6 crew and was estimated to arrive in Algiers at 05:10Z but has not reached the destination. The airline is working to find out what happened.

Air Algerie report the last contact with flight AH-5017 took place at 01:55Z, about 50 minutes after takeoff. The airline have invoked their emergency plans.

Swiftair have set up a call center for family members of passengers: Phone number +34 900 264 270.



The aircraft was located in the evening, about 18 hours after the aircraft went missing, southeast of the city of Gossi, about 50km north of the border Burkina Faso/Mali and about 100km southwest of Gao (approx. position N15.6 W0.7). There were no survivors.

Burkina Faso's government released the passenger manifest listing 51 French, 28 Burkina Faso, 8 Lebanese, 6 Spanish, 5 Canadian, 4 Algerian, 4 German, 2 Luxembourg, 1 Cameroon, 1 Nigerian, 1 Ukrainian, 1 Swiss, 1 Mali, 1 Belgian, 1 Egyptian and 1 Romanian Nationals (116 people).


The Aviation Herald