Entire families wiped out in Air Algerie plane crash

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Whatever the cause of the Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, the human face of the tragedy has been becoming ever-more poignant as the hours go by.

Humanitarians, expatriates, tourists and entire families are among those who perished when flight AH5017 went down on Thursday.​

In one particularly tragic case, ten members of a French family died in the crash.



There were no survivors of the flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers which had 116 people on board, including 54 French nationals.

The small town of Menet in central France was left devastated when residents found out that a local family of four had been on the plane - a couple and their two kids Chloe, 10, and Elno, 14.

Ms Denise Labbe of the local town hall said Chloe had been hugely excited about the trip, but had also confided to her teacher that she was scared of taking a plane ride for the first time.

Mr Jean-Jacques Dupre's voice broke as he spoke of his business partner Bertrand Gineste, who died in the crash along with his wife Veronique and their three children.​

"He was my best friend, my brother,” he said.

Source: AFP

Here are some photos of the wreckage.