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Air Algerie flight AH5017, which had 116 on board, could have crashed as a result of a rainstorm, officials said.
The wreckage has now been found in a remote part of Mali and human remains have been spotted among scattered plane parts.
General Gilbert Diendere, an official from Burkina Faso where the plane took off, said it was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.
The wreckage of Air Algerie flight AH5017 which was carrying 110 passengers and six crew has been found, Malian state television said.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is due to visit the crash site, which is south of the Malian town of Gao, on Friday.
"Errant fire" by Israeli forces could have killed 15 people when a school used as a shelter in Gaza was hit by shelling today, a senior Israel military officer admits.
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told ITV News that it was still unclear what caused the "unfortunate, tragic, heartbreaking event", but insisted Israeli forces had asked the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the area three days ago.
In what promised to be a special night for hosts Scotland in the pool, Hannah Miley kicked it off with a gold in the women's 400m individual medley.
In the men's 200m, Scotland's Ross Murdoch won Commonwealth gold, beating fellow countryman Michael Jamieson who won silver.
ITV News' Sports Editor Steve Scott reports on a successful first day for the hosts:
International efforts are being made to secure the MH17 crash site away from pro-Russian rebel control as remains continue to be found following the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane.
Two more military aircraft transported the body parts of scores of victims to the Netherlands, before 74 coffins were transported to a convoy of hearses and driven away ahead of a long and grim process of identification.
Most of the 298 people on board the plane, which was downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine a week ago, were Dutch citizens and thousands stood to show their respects by the roadside on the second day of returns.
ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports on the tearful scenes among grieving families in Hilversum and the identification effort being assisted by British police.
Scotland's Ross Murdoch fought back tears on the podium as he picked up his Commonwealth gold, after winning the 200m breaststroke.
Thrilled Murdoch said: "There's no way that just happened. I can't believe it. That was amazing. It's a dream come true".
He told the BBC: "It's my grandad's 70th birthday today so that swim was for him."