116 people are feared dead after an Air Algerie Swiftair MD-83 plane disappeared from radar while flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers, Algeria. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, of Mali, has confirmed that plane wreckage has been found in the desert in his country. The plane made a detour before disappearing due to fears it would fly straight into a storm in northern Mali.
The plane tragically becomes the third air disaster in just a week after Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, and a plane crash in Taiwan claimed the lives of 48. The Air Algerie disaster would bring the death toll from air disasters to almost 500 in one of the most horrific weeks in recent times.