Algiers: Air Algerie Flight Lands Safely in City After Reportedly Disappearing From Radar

Algiers: Air Algerie Flight Lands Safely in City After Reportedly Disappearing From Radar

A PLANE has reportedly landed safely after it earlier “disappeared” off the radar having just declared a mid-air emergency.

The Boeing 737-600 from Algiers to Marseille took off safely this afternoon but put out an emergency call shortly after take-off.

Initially the radar showed the jet turning around to head back towards its origin airport but before it landed it had disappeared from view entirely.

The flight, AH1020, took off around 1.30pm local time and was due to arrive in Marseille just after 4pm.

It’s not yet known what caused the emergency.

Plane tracking site Flight Radar 24 currently lists the plane’s status as “unknown”.

Posting to Twitter it said: “We believe Air Algérie AH1020 to be a *coverage issue* NOT a missing aircraft. Our ADS-B coverage in Algeria is limited.”

According to news website RT, a source from Air Algerie told RIA Novosti that the aircraft returned to Algeria due to technical glitch and landed safely.

No official news of whether the flight has landed safely or not has been released by the airline.

The Sun has contacted Air Algerie for more details on what happened.

The aircraft has some 123 seats – although it is not yet known how many passengers are on the plane.

The Algeria – Marseille route was at the centre of an international terrorist incident in 1994, when an Air France flight was hijacked.

A gang linked to the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) captured Air France Flight 8969 at Boumedienne airport in Algiers, murdering three passengers.

They then threatened to blow up the plane over the Eiffel Tower, unless a range of demands were met.

When the plane reached Marseille, a GIGN counter-terrorist unit stormed the plane and killed all four hijackers.

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