UPDATE: The plane has been found crashed. All are presumed dead, though that has not yet been confirmed.
The details are limited as of now, but an Air Algiere MD-83 carrying 116 passengers has gone missing in bad weather en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers. There is not yet a crash site nor any indication that the plane has crashed, only that the aircraft is missing and has not been in contact with the requisite authorities. The plane was operated SwiftAir, a charter company. It was expected at 5:10AM local time (+5 hours ahead of US Eastern daylight time). They had requested a diversion due to weather.
We can hope that the plane has safely landed, but it doesn’t look good. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.
This obviously comes in a horrible week, of a horrible year for air travel.