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Air Algérie : l'épave du vol AH5017 retrouvée au Mali

Par Marina Cabiten et Julie Guesdon, France Bleu jeudi 24 juillet 2014 à 19:37 Mis à jour le vendredi 25 juillet 2014 à 7:20

L'avion du vol AH5017 est un modèle Mc Douglas 83
L'avion du vol AH5017 est un modèle Mc Douglas 83 © MaxPPP

Les restes du vol AH5017 d'Air Algérie ont été localisés dans le nord-est du Mali, dans la région de Gossi, près de la frontière avec le Burkina Faso. L'Elysée a annoncé la nouvelle dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi. L'avion transportait au moins 116 passagers, dont 51 Français. Il était porté disparu depuis jeudi matin, après avoir décollé du Burkina Faso en direction d'Alger.

Après une journée de recherches, les débris du vol Air Algérie qui s'est écrasé jeudi ont été retrouvés au Mali, près de la frontière avec le Burkina Faso d'où avait décollé l'avion. "L'appareil a été clairement identifié malgré son état désintégré"  précise l'Elysée dans un communiqué diffusé dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi. La présidence française "assure les familles et les proches des victimes de toute sa solidarité".

Selon les informations de nos confrères de RFI, c'est une équipe venue du Burkina Faso qui a réussi à retrouver l'avion, en se basant sur des informations fournies par des habitants.

Des soldats français pour sécuriser le site

Dans son communiqué, l'Elysée précise qu'un "détachement militaire français a été envoyé sur place pour sécuriser le site et recueillir de premiers éléments d'information" . Les soldats français de l'opération Barkhane au Mali avaient été placés "en alerte pour intervenir"  quand l'avion serait retrouvé.

François Hollande doit présider vendredi à 9 heures une nouvelle réunion de crise sur le sujet , en présence du premier ministre Manuel Valls, et des ministres Laurent Fabius (affaires étrangères), Jean-Yves Le Drian (défense), Bernard Cazeneuve (intérieur) et Frédéric Cuvillier (transports).

Que s'est-il passé à bord du vol AH5017 à destination d'Alger ?

La réponse reste inconnue pour le moment. Jeudi 24 juillet dans la matinée, la compagnie aérienne Air Algérie a annoncé que le vol parti de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso vers 1h40 du matin n'avait jamais atterri à Alger, comme prévu. L'avion survolait le nord du Mali quand le contact a été perdu. 

51 Français à bord, au moins 116 passagers

Selon Air Algérie, l'avion transportait au moins 116 personnes, dont 51 Français et 7 membres d'équipage - tous de nationalité espagnole. Les passagers, qui devaient tous transiter à Alger avant de rejoindre l'Europe, le Proche-Orient ou le Canada, seraient donc au nombre de 109.

Vol Air Algérie : les nationalités des disparus - Aucun(e)
Vol Air Algérie : les nationalités des disparus

Pourquoi l'avion s'est-il écrasé ?

Devant la subite disparition de l'appareil, plusieurs pistes sont évoquées pour tenter d'expliquer l'incident. "Aucune hypothèse n'est à exclure" dixit Laurent Fabius le ministre des Affaires Etrangères.

Les conditions météo : le pilote de l'avion a demandé un changement de cap en raison de mauvaises conditions météos à 1h38 du matin, quelques instants avant que tout contact soit perdu. A cet instant, une tempête de sable soufflait sur la zone. Un dysfonctionnement technique : l'avion, un Mc Douglas 83, avait 18 ans. Mais la Direction générale de l'aviation civile (DGAC) qui l'avait examiné en France cette semaine a parlé d'un appareil "en bon état".Un missile : avec le crash du vol Malaysia Airlines il y a une semaine, la possibilité d'un tir a tout de suite été évoquée. Mais selon plusieurs experts interrogés par les médias, cette hypothèse est peu probable.Un détournement : cette piste a également été évoquée mais aucun élément ne peut, pour le moment, l'étayer.  

Le point sur la disparition du vol Air Algérie - Aucun(e)
Le point sur la disparition du vol Air Algérie

La France mobilisée

Les autorités françaises ont déployé un dispositif de crise. Des cellules d'information et de soutien ont été mises en place dans plusieurs aéroports (Roissy, Marseille, Lyon) dans lesquelles ces passagers français étaient attendus. Un numéro d'appel est ouvert : 01 43 17 56 46 . Il a été très sollicité dès ses premières heures de fonctionnement.

Une réunion de crise s'est tenue à l'Élysée en présence de François Hollande et de tous les membres du gouvernement concernés. Après cette réunion, le président de la République a entre autres annoncé le report de son voyage à la Réunion, à Mayotte et aux Comores qui devait commencer jeudi soir. Une  enquête a été ouverte en France pour "homicides involontaires".  

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