Search continues for missing Swiftair MD-83

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Search teams are continuing to look for the missing Boeing MD-83 operated by Spanish carrier Swiftair on behalf of Air Algerie.

Swiftair says search teams have so far not located the aircraft. The MD-83, with registration EC-LTV, lost radar contact after departing Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso for Algiers earlier today.

Operating flight AH5017, the MD-83 had departed at 01:17UTC and was due to arrive in Algiers at 05:10UTC.

Six crew members and 110 passengers were on board the aircraft, which was built in August 1996 and is powered by Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines.

Of the 110 passengers, 50 are French nationals, says Swiftair. The remaining passengers are from Burkina Faso (24 passengers), Lebanon (eight), Algeria (six), Canada (five), Germany (four), Luxembourg (two); and one passenger each from Mali, Belgium, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ukraine, Romania and Switzerland. Three passengers are of unconfirmed nationality, says Swiftair. All six crew members - two pilots and four cabin crew - are of Spanish nationality.

Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database shows the MD-83 had accumulated more than 32,000 cycles and 37,800 hours. Swiftair was operating the aircraft on a wet lease, estimated to expire in September 2014.