The plane vanished around 50 minutes into a routine flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers.
Burkina Faso’s Commander in Chief, Gilbert Diendre, confirmed an investigatory team had discovered ‘remains of dead bodies’ among pieces of the plane, which were ‘burned out and scattered on the ground’.
Of the 110 passengers and 6 crew aboard the plane, no survivors have yet been found.
Victims from over a dozen countries were aboard the flight, including 51 from France and 27 Burkina Faso Nationals.
The President of Mali has declared a two day period of national mourning following the tragedy, and the country’s transport minister has announced that Mali authorities will lead the investigation into the cause of the crash.
France is also to send over troops to aid the investigation.
French Officials have dismissed speculation that Mali insurgents could have caused the crash as evidence has emerged the pilot requested a direction change due to poor weather.
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