UN finds second black box to crashed Air Algerie plane
French soldiers stand by the wreckage of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 24, 2014. (AFP)
Initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely.
The death toll of 118 includes at least 19 Lebanese and 54 French citizens.
French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that the first of the black box recorders had been found and would be analysed.
Lebanese authorities called on relatives to come forward for DNA testing following an announcement by French President Francois Hollande that although the plane’s black box was found, none of the passengers survived the crash.
The government has also dispatched a government delegation to follow up on the investigation into the Air Algerie flight 5107 crashand the repatriation of the remains of Lebanese nationals who perished in the incident.
The delegation will include officials from the Foreign Ministry, General Security and the Higher Relief Committee.