Tributes to British teacher after Air Algerie plane crash

Tributes have poured in for a teacher after he was named locally as the British national killed in the Air Algerie plane crash in Mali.

ITV News understands David Morgan was among the 118 victims of the crash. Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the British national.

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Tributes pour in for British man killed in Air Algerie crash

Tributes have poured in for David Morgan, the British teacher who is understood to have been killed when the Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali.

PE teacher Andy Vasily posted tweeted: "RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims."

He added that Mr Morgan had previously worked at Nanjing International School in eastern China.

Others including Hanri de Swardt from South Africa, paid their respects on Facebook.

De Swardt, a fellow teacher, wrote: "Rest in peace Captain Dave Masher Morgan. Thanks for all the support and help in Lusaka. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless."

She added: "Remember the nice evening at Brentwood with all our last food before leaving Zambia."

Another teacher Annabelle Mambwe from the Luanda International School, in Angola, wrote: "Just lost a teacher colleague in the Algiers disaster. Dave Morgan!! He was Denise's Maths teacher...such an easy-go-fella! These planes falling from the sky are getting to me!"

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PM 'saddened' by British man's death on AH5107

David Cameron said he was Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of a British man on the Air Algerie flight AH5107.

"Thoughts very much with friends and family," he added.

Mr Cameron has also written to Mr Hollande "to send sincere condolences for the loss of so many French citizens", Downing Street said.

'Small debris field' suggests weather or technical failure

A strong smell of aircraft fuel and the fact that debris was scattered over a small area suggests the Air Algerie plane crash was linked to weather or a technical problem, French Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier has said.

The debris field after flight AH5017 crashed in Mali. Credit: Reuters

Read more: Hollande: 'Not ruling out' terrorism after Mali crash

Aviation officials lost contact of flight AH5017 at around 0155 GMT on Thursday, less than an hour after taking off for Algeria, following a request by the pilot to change course due to bad weather.

The debris field after flight AH5017 crashed in Mali. Credit: Reuters
Part of the engine of flight AH5017 which crashed in Mali. Credit: Reuters

Air Algerie black box arrives in Gao for identification

Wreckage from the crashed Air Algerie crash along the Mali-Burkina Faso border. Credit: APTN

One of the two black boxes from the crashed Air Algerie flight has been sent to the Malian city of Gao for formal identification before being repatriated, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said.

A French contingent of troops is based in the city, which is a government-controlled town.

The Air Algerie AH5107 flight crashed in the northern Mali desert killing all 116 people on board.

The Gossi region where the accident occurred, near the Burkina Faso border, is 100 miles south of Gao.

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Hollande: 'Not ruling out' terrorism after Mali crash

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech on flight AH5017. Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

French president Francois Hollande has said all avenues are being discussed after flight AH5017 crashed in the northern Mali desert, killing 116 people.

Nearly half of the passengers aboard the flight were French, many heading to Europe.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Hollande said that France will spare no efforts to find out what had happened.

"There are hypotheses, notably weather-related, but we don't rule out anything because we want to know what happened," the French president said.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve added: "Terrorist groups are in the zone. ... We know these groups are hostile to Western interests."

Foreign Office: British man died on crashed AH5107

A British man died onboard Air Algerie flight AH 5107, which crashed in the northern Malian desert killing least 116 people, the Foreign Office have said today.

It is with deep regret that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirms the death of a British man onboard Air Algerie flight AH 5107.

We are providing consular support to his family at this tragic time, and we ask that the media respect the privacy of those grieving.

– Foreign Office Spokesperson

'It will be very difficult to find all the bodies'

Part of the wreckage from Air Algerie AH5017. Credit: AP

Air Algerie AH5017 crash investigators have said that it will be "very difficult to find all the bodies."

Speaking to reporters, General Gilbert Diendere, presidential aide and head of the crisis committee said:

There are French troops on site to secure a perimeter, to allow eventual investigators.

Concerning the bodies, you heard earlier (from the crisis committee meeting), it is very difficult because the bodies are scattered and I think it will be very, very difficult to find all the bodies.

– General Gilbert Diendere

All 118 passengers and crew were killed after the plane went down in the West African state of Mali.

First images show twisted metal at Air Algerie crash site

The first images of the Air Algerie plane crash site in Mali show twisted metal and door panels lying in the sand.

French officials have said that they believed poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash in which 116 people died.

A soldier stands guard at the Mali plan crash site. Credit: APTN
The wreckage lies in the field as another helicopter arrives at the scene. Credit: APTN
A plane panel with 'Elevator Hinge Access' lies in the desert. Credit: APTN
Wreckage from the crashed Air Algerie crash lies in the desert. Credit: APTN
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