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Briton among Mali air crash dead

By Gavin Gordon

A British man was among those killed in the crash of an Air Algerie airliner in Mali, the Foreign Office has said.

"It is with deep regret that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirms the death of a British man onboard Air Algerie flight AH 5107," a spokesman said.

"We are providing consular support to his family at this tragic time, and we ask that the media respect the privacy of those grieving." It also emerged that a French family-of-10, including four children, were among the 116 people killed.

French President Francois Hollande said that French soldiers had secured one of the black boxes from the aircraft. The black box was recovered from the wreckage in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso, and is being taken to the northern city of Gao, where a French military contingent is based

Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause of the crash, although officials have said that it is most likely to have been due to bad weather.

"There are, alas, no survivors," Mr Hollande said following a crisis meeting with senior ministers. "I share the pain of families living through this terrible ordeal."

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