London: The Air Algerie plane AH5017 had plunged 30,000 feet into the Sahara desert in three minutes after a violent storm, killing 118 people, said investigators.

The inexperience of the Spanish crew was also one of the major reasons behind the crash, claimed aviation experts.

According to the Independent, General Gilbert Diendere, head of the Burkina Faso armed forces said that the pilot had tried to turn around the storm but returned to original path too soon.

He added that it seemed like the pilot had been too late to react to the storm.

He also said that the radar records showed that the plane crashed in three minutes from a height of 30,000 feet that further suggests that the plane had not exploded in mid-air.

Since Islamist rebellion in northern Mali is going on for 18 months, there were fears that the Algerie plane crash may have been a result of ground-to-air missile attack like the MH17 crash in Eastern Ukaraine.

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