Air Algerie reportedly loses contact with Ouagadougou flight

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Air Algerie has reportedly initiated an emergency plan after losing contact with a service connecting the Burkina Faso city of Ouagadougou with its Algiers base.

The Algerian carrier lost contact with flight AH5017 about 50min after departure, according to sources cited by the Algeria Press Service.

It quotes the source as saying that the flag-carrier has "started its emergency plan".

There is no confirmed information about the aircraft type involved but the airline operates Boeing 737 variants on the route.