Air Algerie Flight to Marseilles Disappears From Radar; Local Media Report Passengers Safe

Local media report the plane returned to Algiers due to a malfunction.

Passengers board an Air Algerie plane at the Houari-Boumediene International Airport in Algiers on July 24, 2014.
Farouk Batiche, AFP

An Air Algerie flight from Algiers to Marseilles disappeared from the radar on Saturday, according to tracking site Flightradar24. Local media reported the passengers were safe after the plane returned to Algiers due to a malfunction.

Flight AH1020 took off at 1:30 P.M. local time and was meant to land in France at 4:05 P.M., but around 4 P.M. its status was defined as "unknown."

According to the flight tracking site, the plane had reached the island of Majorca before turning around and heading back toward Algeria. It then disappeared from the radar. 

Shortly after, local media reported that the plane returned to Algiers after experiencing a malfunction, landing safely.

This a developing story.