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.
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.
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A wet, wintry night in places with rain and hill snow slow to move away from southern Scotland and northern England.
The Westminster terror attack dominates the front pages of Thursday's newspapers.