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Death Toll in Mali Plane Crash Revised to 116: Official

Ouagadougou

The death toll in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali last week has been revised down to 116 after it was discovered that two people thought to be on the plane were not, officials in Ouagadougou said.

"The toll is 116 victims and not 118" as previously announced by the French authorities, said General Gilbert Diendiere, advisor to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.

One of the two was an airline staff member whose name was in the list of passengers but who was not on the flight, Diendiere told AFP.

The second person had cancelled the booking the day before the flight but the change was not made to the list of passengers, he said.

Flight AH5017, which took off in the early hours of July 24 from Ouagadougou bound for Algiers, went missing amid reports of heavy storms.

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