7, August 2016
An Air Algerie flight traveling to the French city of Marseille has been forced to return to Algiers due to a technical failure. The airline said the plane landed safely in the Algerian capital on Saturday around 30 minutes after takeoff, AP reported.
The carrier said that no one was injured, adding that passengers were expected to board another plane for Marseille in southern France later in the day. There is no information about what caused the plane to return to the Algeria’s capital. Earlier, reports, citing online flight tracking sources, said that the flight AH1020 put out a mid-air emergency call shortly before disappearing from radar.
Initially the flight radar showed the passenger plane turning around and heading back towards the point where it took off but before landing, it disappeared from radar, the reports added. The flight had taken off at around 1.30 p.m. local time and was due to arrive in Marseille just after 4 p.m.