(Source) An Air Algerie flight en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 people aboard — including 50 French citizens — disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Sahara during bad weather. Air navigation services lost track of AH0517 about 50 minutes after takeoff at 0155 GMT, the Algerian news agency APS reports. “In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the APS agency quoted the airline as saying. The pilot reportedly contacted air traffic control in Niamey, Niger, to change course because of a storm, the BBC reports. The French news agency AFP quotes an unidentified source with the airlines as saying the plane was “not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route.”
United Nations troops in Mali say they understand the plane came down between Gao and Tessalit, the BBC’s Alex Duval Smith in the Malian capital Bamako reports.The French military says it is sending two fighter jets based in the region to try to locate the missing plane, according to Reuters. France 24 TV quotes an official from Niger as saying the French have sent three military reconnaissance planes to help in the search.
So this is starting to become a pretty disturbing trend right? Like when people say airplane travel is statistically much safer than driving in your car I understand that yes, the numbers do say that, but at what point are we wondering if the world has just become a Big Bermuda triangle and missing planes are the new “in” thing. I think I’m there. I think 3 in 5 months is enough to sway me. And not to promote the “stay inside your apartment at all times and never go outside” lifestyle but I’ve never been in a plane crash sitting on my couch. That is a scientific fact.
You know who looks like a fucking genius in 2014? This guy.