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Report: Pilot Error to Blame for Mali Crash

Journalists look at debris at the crash site of the Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, July 26, 2014.

The crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali that killed 116 people in July 2014 was caused by a series of errors by the crew, authorities say.

A report released Friday by French air accident investigators said the plane's crew members failed to activate the aircraft's anti-icing mechanism even though they were flying in an area with bad weather. They also reacted late when the plane started to stall.

The plane was flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital, to Algiers when it crashed in the remote desert of eastern Mali.

Air Algerie wreckage site
Air Algerie wreckage site

Nearly half the victims on the doomed aircraft were French nationals.

The crash in July 2014 was the third fatal incident worldwide in the space of just eight days, capping a disastrous spell for the aviation industry.

It followed the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in restive eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, and the crash of a flight in torrential rain in Taiwan, with the loss of 48 lives.