Bodies of Air Algeria crash victims to be repatriated Tuesday

Bodies of the 28 victims of the Air Algeria crash in July in Mali will be repatriated on January 13 and not Wednesday as initially planned, according to a statement issued by the Burkina Faso Ministry of Security.

It said that the arrival of the bodies in Ouagadougou is due Tuesday.

The Air Algeria AH 5017 flight, hired by the Spanish airline, Swift Air, which left on July, 24, 2014, from the Ouagadougou international airport, went missing less than one hour after takeoff, shortly after changing its course because of a storm.

The wreckage of the airplane was spotted inside Malian territory by the Burkina Faso army.

Among the 116 passengers who died in the crash were 28 Burkinabes and 54 Frenchmen.

The former Burkina regime had announced the setting up of a monument in memory of the dead at the City AN II (centre-town), near the airport.

The former regime also planned to hold a commemorative ceremony in the northern city of Dori in late November in memory of the victims.

The departure of former President Blaise Compaoré, after the people’s uprising in late October, stalled the ceremony.


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