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Video: At the scene of the Air Algérie crash in Mali

© Sia Kambou, AFP | A French soldier guards the crash site in Mali.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-07-28

There isn’t much left of Air Algérie Flight AH 5017, which crashed in Mali near the Burkinabe border last Thursday. But the plane's black boxes have been retrieved and families now wait for their contents to be analysed.

UN investigators are still sifting through the remains at the site, which is being guarded by French troops.

Despite the devastation, they have recovered both of the jetliner’s black boxes. Little else remains, including the bodies of the victims, which have been destroyed along with the plane.

FRANCE 24 accompanied representatives of the victims’ families to the site. There was a smell of burning and sparse debris.

Eugene, who had set out from Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, lost five members of his family in the crash.

"I was hoping to at least find some parts of the plane, something that looked like a plane,” he told FRANCE 24. “But at the site, here, it's more like a child's toy that's exploded.”

Now that the flight recorders have been found, Eugene and the rest of the victims’ families must  wait to find out  how their loved ones died.

Date created : 2014-07-27

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