A cargo plane with six Ukrainians and one Russian on board crashed in Algeria’s far south early on Saturday, an Algerian transport ministry official stated.
It was gathered that the Ukrainian Antonov-12 plane en route to Equatorial Guinea could have crashed for technical reasons.
crashed near the borders of Mali and Niger
This is according a report that the plane had earlier made a stopover for unspecified technical reasons at an Algerian Tamanrasset airport in the Sahara.
Reuters quoted an official statement that the plane came down at 0240 local time (0140 GMT) after taking off from Algerian airport and three burned bodies were found at the crash site near the borders of Mali and Niger.
The statement said contact with the plane was lost three minutes after it took off from the airport of Tamanrasset .
Rescue teams were rushed to the spot of the crash but no survival was found so far.
The plane belongs to Ukraine Alliance, and carried equipment used in energy industry, the statement added.
It came from Ukraine and headed to Equatorial Guinea via Glasgow (UK), as it performed several stops, including in Ghardaia and Tamenrasset in southern Algeria.
The Transport Ministry said it established an emergency unit to investigate the crash.