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ALGIERS---An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116
people vanished yesterday in a rainstorm over restive
northern Mali, and French officials say it has prob-
ably crashed---the third major international aviation
disaster in a week.
French fighter jets, UN peacekeepers and others
hunted for signs of wreckage of the MD-83 plane in
the remote region, where scattered separatist violence
may hamper the search and any eventual investigation
into what happened.
Families from France to Canada and beyond waited
anxiously for signs of Flight 5017 and their loved
ones aboard. Nearly half of the passengers were
French, many en route home from Africa.
The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair
and leased by Air Algerie, disappeared from radar
screens less than an hour after takeoff, en route from
Burkina Faso s capital of Ouagadougou to Algiers.
"Everything allows us to believe this plane crashed
in Mali," French President Francois Hollande said
after an emergency meeting in Paris. He said the
crew changed its flight path because of "particularly
difficult weather conditions."
Earlier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
told reporters the plane "probably crashed" and no
"trace of the aircraft has been found."
His face drawn and voice somber, Fabius added,
"If this catastrophe is confirmed, it would be a major
tragedy that hits our entire nation, and many oth-
Conflicting reports emerged about wreckage spotted
in two different sites, several hundred miles away
from each other in the sparse, vast region where the
Sahara Desert meets the rest of Africa.
Malian Communiciations Minister Mahamadou
Camara said the plane hadn t yet been found and
"the search is under way." French military and diplo-
matic officials also said no wreckage had been found.
Before vanishing, the pilots sent a final message
to ask Niger air control to change its route because
of heavy rain, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean
Bertin Ouedraogo said.
A resident who lives in a village in Mali 50 miles
southeast of the town of Gossi said he saw a plane
coming down early yesterday, according to Gen Gilbert
Diendere, heading the crisis committee set up in
"We think that it is a reliable source because it
corresponds to the latest radar images of the plane
before it lost contact with air controllers," Diendere
Radar images show the plane deviated from its
route, Diendere said. Gossi is nearly 175 miles south-
west of Gao. (AP)
SAN FRANCISCO---An influential US
appeals court judge said yesterday
that the nation's third lethal injection
execution to be problematic in six
months underscores his call to bring
back firing squads.
In an interview with The Associated
Press, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the
9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said
lethal injection was a "dishonest"
attempt to disguise the brutal nature
of capital punishment.
Kozinski first wrote of his distaste
for lethal injection in a decision
Monday, even while arguing against
delaying the execution of Joseph
Rudolph Wood III in Arizona. Wood
gasped for breath for more than 90
minutes and took nearly two hours to
die Wednesday after receiving a lethal
injection for killing his estranged
girlfriend and her father.
Kozinski said properly trained firing
squads are a "foolproof" way to quickly
execute an inmate and avoid
complications surrounding lethal
Another plane down...
vanishes over Mali
US judge argues for return of firing squads
A convoy of hearses bearing the remains of passengers and crew killed in the
downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 makes its way along a highway near
Boxtel, Netherlands, yesterday. The second flight of two military aircraft
carrying remains of victims arrived in the Netherlands yesterday. The bodies
are to be taken to a military barracks in Hilversum, where a team of 25
forensic experts and dozens of support staff began working to identify
remains Wednesday evening after coffins of the first flight arrived. AP PHOTO
Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 which crashed on the Taiwanese
island of Penghu yesterday. The plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on the island late
Wednesday, killing more than 40 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. AP PHOTO
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