AH5017: Lebanese delegation departs for Air Algerie crash site


The pilot of the Swiftair MD-83 plane, pictured here in June, had asked to change course
The pilot of the Swiftair MD-83 plane, pictured here in June, had asked to change course

A delegation charged with following up on the case of the Lebanese passengers on board Air Algerie flight AH5017, which crashed over northern Mali last week left Beirut’s Rafiq Hariri International Airport and headed to Mali , National News Agency reported on Sunday.

Th delegation which is headed by Foreign Ministry’s Director General of Immigrants Haitham Jumaa will participate in efforts to reveal the circumstances of the crash, and hold discussions with Malian officials to ensure that the bodies of Lebanese victims are identified and returned to their families as soon as possible.

NNA added that DNA samples have been taken from the families of Lebanese passengers who were onboard the plane to help identify their bodies.

The flight, scheduled to travel to Algerian capital Algiers, went missing after taking off on Thursday morning from Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, amid reports of stormy weather, according to reports from Agence France Presse.

An official Lebanese source told AFP that at least 20 Lebanese citizens were onboard the plane, including three families with 10 children.

The wreckage of the plane was eventually discovered late on Thursday evening in northern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso.

In this regard ,PM Tammam Salam telephoned French President Hollande to offer his condolences over the victims of the Algerian plane, and he asked for France’s help in identifying the bodies of the Lebanese passengers.



4 responses to “AH5017: Lebanese delegation departs for Air Algerie crash site”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    With the exception of a missile, it usually needs several people working together to bring a plane down. This fact from a study done in Playboy Magazine in the 70’s.
    Either not enough people read Playboy, or they forgot.

    Weather station: ‘There’s a storm.’
    Airline & Booking Agents: ‘Plane schedule needs to be kept.’
    Passengers: ‘Hate sitting around in this airport!!’
    Pilot: ‘I’m flying into a Hurricane. Want a course change.’
    Ground Control: ‘You are in a war-zone … must fly ‘approved route’ or get shot down.’
    Radar tracking sites: ‘Ooops … there’s one less blip on my screen.’

    Two days on ground near Burkina Faso – Search Team: ‘Catch the ants … test them for DNA.’

    1. libnan1 Avatar

      5th, Do you look like this? Just wondering …

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    reiterating, reiterating, reiterating …..
    Al-Rai gave a good sermon. No-one wants to hear it …. at least not in the Babbda …

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Attempting to find a ‘Lebanon Report’ one can actually make a comment in. This is it, I guess.
    Re: Jumblatt/Nastyrallah ‘meeting’.
    “In the first place, the meeting was not intended to provide solutions to a crisis that requires consultations among all Lebanese factions.”
    Jumblatt: “You’re looking fatter than 2 years ago.”
    Nasty: “Screw off you skinny smart-ass. So, what’s the word?”
    Jumblatt: “I told you the majority of ‘the people’ did not want to be part of Iran.”
    Nasty: “Like we care? Get that Geagea out of the picture and things ‘could’ be smooth. (snear ..)”
    Jumblatt: “So, I got these imported Dutch Tarts for lunch and a pile of Falafels. Have one?”
    Nasty: “You bastard! I’m supposed to be on a diet after they sucked out a few pounds last week.”
    Jumblatt: (snicker snicker snicker)

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