'Disintegrated' Air Algerie jet found in Mali; Official says no survivors so far

Plane was carrying 110 passengers

(CNN) -- Wreckage of an Air Algerie jet was found in a "disintegrated state" in northern Mali, France said Friday, making it the third major international aviation disaster in recent days.

Flight 5017 was carrying 116 people when it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso en route to Algeria.

Less than an hour into the flight, it disappeared from radar after changing its flight path because of bad weather, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

The plane's wreckage was found in Mali's Gossi region, not too far from the border with Burkina Faso, the French President's office said in a statement.

Radar contact was lost 50 minutes after takeoff from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, Fabius said. The aircraft was supposed to arrive later that day at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers. Mali is between the two nations.

The plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew members, Air Algerie said.

No survivors have been found so far, Burkina Faso Gen. Gilbert Diendere said on state-owned RTB television.

Passengers included 50 people from France; 24 from Burkina Faso; eight Lebanese; six Algerians; five Canadians; four Germans; two from Luxembourg; one from Mali; one Cameroonian; one Belgian; one Ukrainian; one Romanian; one Swiss; one Nigerian; and one Egyptian.

Air Algerie said the six crew members were Spanish. The plane belongs to a private Spanish company, Swiftair, but it appears to have been operated by Air Algerie.

Though the cause of the crash is unknown, the flight path took the aircraft through a turbulent area hit by regular thunderstorms this time of year, according to CNN meteorologist Mari Ramos.

Air Algerie's crash comes a week after a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed in Ukraine with 298 people on board.

Days after the July 17 incident, 48 people were killed when a twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while attempting to land Wednesday in Taiwan's Penghu Islands.

Air Algerie, Algeria's national airline, flies to 28 countries.

The deadliest incident in the airline's history occurred in March 2003 when a domestic flight crashed after takeoff, killing 102 people on board. One person survived.

CNN's Al Goodman and Radina Gigova contributed to this report.

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