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.
More top news
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention following the broadcast of CCTV footage.
Government relaxes rules for retailer to test drone deliveries in British airspace.
The Hollywood A-lister cried as she gave a candid answer to a young fan during a Q&A at Italy's Giffoni Film Festival.