MOSCOW, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – France declared a three-day national mourning over the victims of Air Algerie plane crash in Mali that will start on Monday, Agence France Presse reported on Saturday, citing a government source.
According to the order of French authorities, starting Monday the flags on all public buildings across the country will fly at half-mast for three days.
Algeria has also declared a 72-hour mourning period.
Air Algerie’s McDonnell Douglas 83 on route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algeria crashed in Mali on Thursday. 116 people from 15 countries, including 54 French nationals, were on board the plane. All passengers and crew members supposedly died in the crash.
The key theories of what might have caused the accident are a terrorist act and poor weather conditions. As far as we know, the plane deviated from its original course due to the impending storm.