WATCH ABOVE: An Algerian flight disappeared from radar over Mali, shortly after taking off from Burkina Faso. There were 116 people on board, including five Canadians. Eric Sorensen reports.
TORONTO – A woman from Sherbrooke, Que., and four Montreal-area family members were aboard the Air Algerie flight that is presumed to have crashed in northern Mali early Thursday.
Isabelle Prevost, a 35-year-old mother of three, died in the crash according to her father Jean-Pierre Prevost who spoke with Global News. Prevost’s son is nine years old and her daughters are five and seven.
Air Algerie Flight AH5017 went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali. (Global News) Global News
Air Algerie Flight AH5017 went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali. (Global News)
Prevost said his daughter had travelled to Burkina Faso with family friends to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. He said the friends, a couple and their two children, lived in Longueuil in Montreal’s South Shore.
The victim’s family gathered at the Prevost home in Sherbrooke to mourn their loss and wait for more information as to what happened to their loved ones.
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“We are still waiting for news, all my children are here,” said Prevost. “The family of my son-in-law is here with us and we are still waiting for news.”
Neither Isabelle’s husband nor the three children accompanied her on the trip, said the father.
The five Quebec residents were on a flight heading from Berkina Faso to Algiers, when the twin engine jet went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.
Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that five Canadians were among the 116 passengers on board the flight.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the victims’ families in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragedy. The Government of Canada is engaged with the relevant authorities and providing support on the ground as required.”
The Air Algerie crash follows a string of aviation disasters that included a Malaysia Airlines flight shot down last week and a plane crash in Taiwan which killed 48 people.