A passenger plane has apparently disappeared from radar mid-flight, just minutes after declaring a ‘mid-air emergency’.
The missing Air Algerie Boeing 737-600 left Algiers airport this afternoon on a flight to Marseille but sent out an emergency call shortly after take-off, reports The Mirror.
Radar screens showed the plane turn around after issuing the emergency call and begin to head back towards Algiers airport.
However, before arriving, the jet suddenly disappeared from radar trackers with plane tracking site Flight Radar 24 currently stating the aircraft’s status as ‘unknown’.
It is not yet known what the emergency was or if the plane has landed safely.
Many have expressed concerns that there has been no news of the plane’s safe arrival back at Algiers.
However, others claim the plane may very well have landed safely as ADS-b (radar tracking) does not work below 17,000ft in the area, leaving its current fate a mystery.
The flight took off at roughly 1.30pm local time and was due to arrive in Marseille just after 4pm.Folks it did not crash ADS-b does not work below 17,000 ft in this area all planes wont show up. #AH1020— Northerntomcat (@Northerntomcat) August 6, 2016
The plane in question can carry up to 123 passengers plus crew – although it isn’t known how many were occupied.
UPDATE: Media in Algeria have announced the plane has landed safely in Algiers having suffered a technical failure while thousands of feet in the sky.
However, there has been no official confirmation as yet from the airline Air Algerie.