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  • 26 July 2014, 20:41

'Truly Tragic': Tributes To Plane Crash Briton

A British man who was among 116 people killed in a plane crash in Mali has been described as a "genuine lovely man".

David Morgan, reportedly from Liverpool, died when Air Algerie flight AH5017 came down in the remote Gossi region, close to the border with Burkina Faso on Thursday.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali said its experts have found the plane's second black box as investigators try to establish what happened to the jet. French soldiers secured the other black box on Friday.

Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, but officials have said the crash was most likely due to bad weather.

The MD-83 aircraft, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, heading to Algiers, Algeria. There were no survivors.

PE teacher Andy Vasily posted on Twitter that Mr Morgan, who was the only Briton on the airliner, had previously worked at Nanjing International School in eastern China.

He wrote: "RIP Dave Morgan. Truly tragic. Prayers to his family and other victims."

Hywel Jones tweeted: "RIP, David Morgan, 'MASHER'......A genuine lovely man."

Hanri de Swardt, a fellow teacher, from South Africa, wrote on Facebook: "Rest in peace Captain Dave Masher Morgan. Thanks for all the support and help in Lusaka. You will always be in my thoughts. God bless."

Annabelle Mambwe, a teacher at Luanda International School, in Angola, wrote: "Just lost a teacher colleague in the Algiers disaster. Dave Morgan!! He was Denise's Maths teacher...such an easy-go-fella! These planes falling from the sky are getting to me!"

David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened" by the death of the British national, adding: "Thoughts very much with friends and family."

Some 54 of the passengers on board the flight were French, many who were due to head on to Europe after arriving in the Algerian capital.

A family of 10, including four children, from the Rhone-Alpes region of France, were among the dead.

The first photos have emerged of the crash site. Debris from the plane could be seen scattered over an area of desert south of Gao.

Burnt-out wreckage and parts of the fuselage could be made out against the charred sand.

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