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UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet among debris in Mali

This photo provided Friday, July 25, 2014 by the French army shows the site of the plane crash in Mali.

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The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said Saturday that its experts found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated in remote northern Mali, killing all 118 people onboard.

U.N. specialists located the second black box that may help to determine what caused the plane to go down, according to a statement by the U.N. mission.

The Air Algerie jet was flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to Algiers, Algeria on Thursday when it went down in a remote part of northern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso.

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The Burkina Faso government has flown three family members of those killed aboard the jet to the site in Mali where debris from the plane and the remains of passengers are scattered, said spokesman Victorien Sawadogo.

A government helicopter on Saturday morning transported the family members — from France, Lebanon and Burkina Faso — so they could view the results of the air disaster, he said. A psychologist is accompanying them and a second flight to the site was planned later Saturday, he said.

Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore will meet with other family members Saturday afternoon, said the spokesman.

In Paris, French President Francois Hollande was meeting on Saturday with families of victims. More than half of the victims were French.

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