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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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'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

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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

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