Sunday, December 21, 2014

Twenty bodies to return to Lebanon after summer plane crash

Amid national mourning, the bodies of 20 Lebanese, including 10 children, killed in the summer plane crash in Mali will arrive to Lebanon Sunday afternoon.

On July 24, the wreck of an Air Algerie plane that went missing with 116 people on board was found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border.

Twenty Lebanese nationals were on the flight, including three couples with 10 children.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Director-General of the Department of Emigrants in the ministry, Haitham Jomaa, will accompany the coffins that are expected to arrive from Paris to Beirut at 06:30 pm local time (16:30 GMT). An official reception ceremony will be held at the airport.

The Lebanese on board the flight were:

Randa Basma Daher and her three kids Ali, 17, Salah, 15 and Saymaa, 5, Monji Hasan and his wife Najwa and their four kids, Bilal Dheini and his wife and their three kids, Joseph Jerjes al-Hajj, Fadi Rustom and his son-in-law Omar al-Ballan, Mohammed Akhdar, and Fady Sioufi.

Air Algerie's last major accident was in 2003 when one of its planes crashed shortly after take-off from the southern city of Tamanrasset, killing 102 people.

In February this year, 77 people died when an Algerian military transport plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Algeria.


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