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.
At least 17 children have been killed after a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana a state in the Southern region of India Thursday morning. The bus driver, who was allegedly on the phone and failed to see the advancing train, was also killed.
40 children of a private school, mostly below the age of 11, were in the bus when the accident took place in the Medak district, 70 kilometres from the state capital of Hyderabad.
The police say 21 children have been injured in the accident and hospitalized.
The accident sparked anger among locals, who say they have been asking for gates to secure the railway crossing in the district.
A cargo plane crashed into a commercial building shortly after takeoff from an airport in Nairobi, Kenya, early today, the country’s airport authority said.
All four people on board are feared dead.
The Fokker 50 plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Kenyan Red Cross said one body has been recovered from the crash site as rescue efforts are ongoing.
The number of causalities was low because the crash occurred early in the morning and was no one inside the building, the airport authority said.