Air Algerie plane lands in Algiers airport after declaring mid-air emergency

Sputnik International , Saturday 6 Aug 2016

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An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014 (Reuters)

The Air Algerie airline's passenger flight AH1020, presumed missing earlier on Saturday, has landed in the Algiers airport, a source in the airline told RIA Novosti.

According to the airline source, the plane turned around over the Mediterranean and flew back to Algiers because of a technical issue.

Earlier it was reported that the Air Algerie Boeing 737-600 was flying from Algiers to Marseille when it declared a mid-air emergency and then disappeared from radars.

The plane took off from Algiers in the afternoon and was en route to Marseille. Shortly after taking off, however, the passenger jet declared a mid-air emergency.

Flightradar24 website showed the tracking status of the aircraft as "unknown" as it experienced coverage issues with the plane.

According to Airlive, the aircraft had declared an emergency and turned around over one of the islands in the Mediterranean, heading back for Algeria, and then disappeared.

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