UPDATE: Wreckage of passenger plane that disappeared from radar found in Mali
UPDATE: According to NBC News, Flight 5017 crashed in Mali.
The flight vanished about 50 minutes after it left Ouagadougou on its way to Algiers.
Officials say pilots were forced to adjust their route because of heavy rains hitting the area.
At this time, no other details about the crash are being released.
LONDON (CNN) – Officials in Africa say they are searching for a plane that suddenly disappeared from radar after takeoff.
An Air Algerie flight, with 116 people on board, has dropped off radar.
Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after taking off from an airport in Burkina Faso.
It was supposed to arrive at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later.
In all, 110 passengers were on board the flight with six crew members.
“At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation,” said Swiftair, the company that operates the plane for Air Algerie.