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Burkina Faso: French experts to ID victims from Air Algerie crash

Air Algerie victims are to be identified in Burkina Faso.
Air Algerie victims are to be identified in Burkina Faso.
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A presidential aide has said that two French experts have gone to Burkina Faso in order to begin collecting DNA samples from people. Yahoo News reported on July 31, 2014, that they will collect the DNA samples from relatives of those who lost family members in the horrific and tragic Air Algerie plane crash that happened a week ago.

It has been reported that the Air Algerie crash in Mali included victims that were charity workers, tourists, expatriates, and whole families.

The flight was flying from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African country of Burkina Faso, to Algiers. It crashed in neighboring Bali near the border. At least 116 people were on board and all were quickly confirmed dead.

That number included 54 French nationals, many of whom had double nationality.

Fox News reported that Gen; Gilbert Diendere has said it is of the utmost importance that the bodies be identified.

The Air Algerie MD-83 went down shortly after takeoff on July 24, 2014. While it has now been over a week since the crash, a large number of the victims remain unidentified.

Diendere did say that the two black boxes were quickly found, but they were not in good shape at all. This past Monday, the boxes arrived in France and engineers quickly went to work on them. Looking into the black boxes and their information continues so that it can possibly be found out as to why the plane crashed just outside of Burkina Faso.

French officials have publicly stated that 118 people were killed in the crash, but it has since been changed to 116. Two passengers on the flight list never ended up getting on the Air Algerie flight.