There’s an old adage that disasters happen in threes, and today’s (July 24) announcement of the disappearance of an Air Algerie MD-83 plane carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital seems to validate the premise. The newer occurrence comes on the heels of the disappearance in March of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the recent crash of a second Malaysia flight in the Ukraine (both were Boeing 777s).
According to AOL on line and other Internet new sources, “the plane disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali and "probably crashed," according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso.”
Algerian news agency APS reported that air navigation services lost track of the flight about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, at 0155 GMT.
It was also reported by APS that more than 50 French were onboard the plane, that was operated by Spanish airline Swiftair, along with 27 Burkina Faso nationals and passengers from a dozen other countries. The flight crew was Spanish. The last message heard from the pilot was around 0130 GMT (9:30 p.m. EDT), asking Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rains in the area, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said.
While the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines 370 remains a mystery, the downing of the carrier’s plane in the Ukraine appears to be an act of terrorists who allegedly shot it down with a surface to air missile. In case you missed it, this week U.S. and European airlines began canceling flights to Tel Aviv after a rocket landed near the city's airport. Authorities, so far, do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of the Air Algerie flight. Algerian aircraft have been overflying the region around Gao to try to locate wreckage, said Houaoui Zoheir, spokesman for the Algerian crisis center.
According to Twitter tweets and Facebook postings it appears people are beginning to get jittery about flying, but that usually happens after air disasters as it does when cruise ships catch fire or sink.