Air Algeria flight missing, Air Taiwan crashes

Algeria’s flagship air carrier, Air Algerie, said Thursday it had lost contact with one of its planes in Burkina Faso, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Air navigation services have lost contact with an Air Algerie plane Thursday flying from Ouagadougou to Algiers, 50 minutes after takeoff,” the agency quoted the company as saying.

It is reported that at least 112 passengers were on board of the missing plane.

Air Algerie, founded 1947, is a state-owned airline that flies to 39 destinations in 28 countries.

In Taiwan victims of another plane crash on the small Taiwanese island, Thursday counted 48 dead. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for one person who might have been in a wrecked house on the ground.

The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into a residential neighborhood on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday, authorities said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.

Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese, Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told reporters. The government’s Central News Agency identified the French passengers Thursday as Jeromine Deramond and Penelope Luternauer.