Accident description
Last updated: 16 September 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 24 July 2014
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operating for:Air Algérie
Leased from:Swiftair
Registration: EC-LTV
C/n / msn: 53190/2148
First flight: 1996
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 110 / Occupants: 110
Total:Fatalities: 116 / Occupants: 116
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Gossi (   Mali) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ouagadougou Airport (OUA/DFFD), Burkina Faso
Destination airport:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 passenger plane, operating on a flight for Air Algérie, crashed in the area of Gossi, Mali. All 116 died in the accident.
Flight AH5017 departed Ouagadougou Airport (OUA), Burkina Faso at 01:17 UTC (and local time). It was expected to arrive at Algiers, Algeria at 05:10 UTC.
The cruising altitude of FL310 was reached at 01:37. At FL310, the aircraft flew at a cruising speed of about 280kts.
About two minutes after the start of the cruise, while remaining at FL310, the speed gradually began to decrease as the plane was navigated around a storm cell. The plane began to descend gradually and speed continued to decrease to about 160kts.
Then the airplane began a left descending turn, quickly losing altitude. The last recorded data by the FDR was at 01:47:15 at an altitude of 1600ft, a speed of about 380kts.
The airplane had been leased from Spanish airline Swiftair for the Summer season.

» Swiftair statement

METAR Weather report:
01:00 UTC / 01:00 local time:
DFFD 240100Z 23008KT 9999 FEW020 BKN100 26/23 Q1015 NOSIG

02:00 UTC / 02:00 local time:
DFFD 240200Z 22006KT 9999 TS FEW020 FEW033CB BKN100 25/23 Q1014 TEMPO 4000 TSRA
Wind 220 degrees at 6 knots; Visibility 10+ km; Thunderstorm; few clouds at 2000 feet AGL few CB clouds at 3300 feet AGL; broken clouds at 10000 feet AGL; Temperature 25°C; Dewpoint: 23°C; Pressure 1014 mb


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EC-LTV operating on Air Algérie flight 1021 to Algiers
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ouagadougou Airport to Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport as the crow flies is 2732 km (1708 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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