Relatives of some of the 118 people killed in the Air Algerie crash in rural Mali gather at the airport in Burkina Faso where the flight originated. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Some family members of the 118 victims of the Air Algerie flight that crashed in rural Mali earlier this week gathered at the Ouagadougou airport on Saturday (July 26), the site where the flight originated.
A group of the family members took a helicopter to visit the crash site.
The Burkina Faso President, Blaise Compaore, expressed his condolences.
Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African country of Mali that killed all 118 people on board, French officials said on Friday (July 25).
Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft broke apart when it smashed into the ground early on Thursday morning, the officials said, suggesting this meant it was unlikely to have been the victim of an attack.
The death toll, initially announced as 116, was revised up to 118 after a final passenger manifest was issued. An earlier count of 51 French nationals among the dead was also raised to 54 by the French Foreign Ministry to include those with dual nationality.
French, Malian and Dutch soldiers from a U.N. peacekeeping force (MINUSMA) secured the crash site, which lies about 80 km (50 miles) south of the northern Malian town of Gossi, near the Burkina Faso border.
Burkina Faso authorities said the passenger list also included Burkinabes, Lebanese, Algerians, Canadians, Germans, Luxembourgers, a Cameroonian, a Belgian, an Egyptian, a Ukrainian, a Swiss, a Nigerian and a Malian. Plane owner Swiftair said the six crew were Spanish.
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