Plane disappears from radar

Published 07/24 2014 05:12AM

Updated 07/24 2014 07:23AM

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Update (at 5:50am):

A commercial jetliner, carrying 116 people, disappeared over West Africa after losing contact with air traffic controllers early Thursday.

The jet took off at 9:17pm ET on Wednesday, bound for Algiers, Algeria.

In a statement, Madrid-based Swiftair confirmed it had chartered the McDonnel Douglas MD-83.

Swiftair said 100 passengers and six crew were aboard the jet.

It was supposed to land in the Algerian capital around 12:10am ET.

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Original Story:

A commercial jetliner disappeared over western Africa, after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

It's being reported by Algeria's state-run news agency.

Authorities lost contact with the Air Algerie aircraft about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, while flying to the Algiers, according to the Algerian Press Service.

The news service gave no extra details other than the flight number: AH5017.

Malaysia Airlines, MH17, was shot down over Ukraine last Thursday while a TransAsia flight crash-landed on a Taiwanese island killing 48 people Wednesday.

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