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DEVELOPING: Contact Lost with Air Algerie Flight

DEVELOPING: An Air Algerie flight disappeared from radar early Thursday, prompting a search for the missing plane.

The airline's operator says it lost contact with flight AH5017 about 50 minutes after takeoff.

The plane was headed from the West African nation of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members on board.

A private Spanish company, Swiftair, operates the plane for Air Algerie.