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Algerian transport minister to visit Ouagadougou, crash site on Saturday

English.news.cn   2014-07-26 17:18:52            

OUAGADOUGOU, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Algeria's Transport Minister Amar Ghoul is on Saturday expected to arrive in Ouagadougou, before visiting the Malian locality of Gossi, the site where Air Algeria's flight AH-5017 crashed on July 24.

Burkina Faso's Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said on Friday that while in Ouagadougou, Ghoul will hold talks with Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.

Flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou to Algiers crashed on Thursday in northern Mali with 118 people on board. None of the passengers who were from 16 nationalities survived.

On Friday afternoon, Compaore led a governmental delegation to the crash site, some 50 km from the Burkina Faso border.

Speaking after the visit, general Gilbert Diendere from the presidential guard said "one of the black boxes of the plane had been found."

He however regretted that the plane had "disintegrated and only body parts could be seen strewn all over."

A Burkina Faso governmental source said teams of specialists will head to the site to help identify the bodies.

Elsewhere, the country's Security Minister Jerome Bougouma said "the government will make special arrangements for families of the victims to visit the crash site on Saturday."

France lost the highest number of its citizens in the crash, followed by Burkina Faso and Lebanon.

Burkina Faso authorities have said an investigation into the accident has been launched and it will be coordinated by France, Mali, Burkina Faso and the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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