BY ALEXANDER SMITH AND F. BRINLEY BRUTON
commercial jetliner carrying 116 people disappeared over west Africa after adjusting its route due to a storm early Thursday, an official said.
Air Algerie Flight AH5017 vanished about 50 minutes after it left Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The jet took off at 1:17 a.m. local time (9:17 p.m. ET on Wednesday) bound for Algiers, Algeria. Burkina Faso's Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago told Reuters its pilots had asked to change route at 1:38 a.m. local time (9.38 p.m. ET) after reporting a storm in the area.
In a statement, Spain-based Swiftair confirmed it operated the missing McDonnell Douglas MD-83. Swiftair said 110 passengers and six crew were aboard the jet. It had been due to land in the Algerian capital at 5:10 a.m. local time (12:10 a.m. ET). The flight was missing for hours before the news was made public.
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