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Final death toll for Air Algerie crash is 116, says Burkina Faso official

Published on Aug 2, 2014 1:07 AM
 
People take part in a march on August 1, 2014, in Menet, central France, in tribute to the members of the Cailleret-Boinard family who died in the Air Algerie plane crash in Mali on July 24. Two people originally believed to have been on the plane did not board the flight, reducing the official death toll to 116, a senior official in Burkina Faso said on Friday.  -- PHOTO: AFP

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Two people originally believed to have travelled on an Air Algerie plane that crashed in Mali last week did not board the flight, reducing the official death toll to 116, a senior official in Burkina Faso said on Friday.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operated by Spain's Swiftair on behalf of Air Algerie crashed last Thursday, shortly after taking off from Ouagadougou en route for Algiers.

General Gilbert Diendere, head of Burkina Faso's crisis agency, said that 118 names were on a passenger list drawn up by Air Algerie but two people did not board the flight.

One was a passenger who fell ill and cancelled their ticket before the flight and another was an Air Algerie agent who did not board.

 
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