28 JULY 2014
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In a week that will go down as one of the worst regarding commercial airline fatalities in recent times, both Air Algerie and TransAsia Airways have lost aircraft with total fatalities. Both accidents appear to have been due to bad weather conditions.
With Air Algerie the flight crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria. The aircraft was an MD 83, a development of the DC9. Although production (of the renamed Boeing 717) stopped in 2006 over 500 of the MD series are thought to be in service including large numbers with American Airlines and Delta.
With Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways the plane concerned was an ATR 72 with 54 passengers and four crew on board. The domestic flight crashed near Magong Airport on the outlying Penghu island, after the pilot reported a “missed approach” at his first attempt to land. The ATR is the world’s most successful regional aircraft. www.airalgerie.dz www.tna.com.tw/en
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