French President Francois Hollande has said that there were no survivors of the crashed Air Algerie jetliner, and one of the aircraft’s two black boxes had been found in the wreckage.
He added that the black box of the aircraft, retrieved by a French military unit, is being taken to the Malian city of Gao.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane early on Thursday after pilots reported severe storms.
The 116 passengers on the Air Algerie flight included 51 French citizens.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French radio network RTL that the aircraft was destroyed at the moment of impact, adding that though no conclusions had been made; there were reasons to believe the plane did not crash due to weather conditions.
An Algerian plane that went missing after taking off from Burkina Faso has crashed in Northern Mali.
Air Algerie has said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers.
The airline management said air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff.
It said the company initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.
A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a DC-9, which can seat up to some 135 passengers, and chartered from a Portuguese firm.
Over 110 people are expected to be listed as being on board the flight, although there is no news about casualties.