Plane Crashes in West Africa, 116 Killed

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MALI, WEST AFRICA - The wreckage of the Air Algerie plane that went missing has been found in Mali, West Africa.

Debris from the plane was located about 31 miles from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.

A severe thunderstorm is believed to have been to cause of the crash.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 - Flight AH 5017 - had been chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair.

The Associated Press reports, the flight had 116 people on board: 51 French nationals, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, two Luxemburg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian. The six crew members are Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots' union.

Because there were no survivors from this crash, 719 people have been killed in five major commercial passenger crashes so far this year.