The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 that crashed in North Africa yesterday is now known to have visited Shannon and Dublin as recently as last June.
The plane, owned by Spanish based Swiftair, was operating on behalf of Air Algerie and was performing flight AH-5017 from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers in Algeria when it disappeared early yesterday.
There were 110 passengers and 6 crew on board.
French fighter jets have since found the remains of a crashed plane while French military forces have now secured the site.
It has now emerged that the jet, registration EC-LTV, visited Dublin on May 16th and departed again the following day.
According to records, the same aircraft also operated a charter service from Knock to Lanzarote via Shannon on May 31st.
The same aircraft visited Shannon on June 7th this year also operating a service from Knock to Lanzarote.
It’s also known that the plane was in Shannon in December 2012. What is not known however, is whether the crew operating yesterday’s flight ever visited the mid west airport.
Other aircraft operated by Swiftair including MD-83’s, are known to have visited Dublin and Shannon in recent years operating charter services for different companies.
Swiftair is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and operates scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo flights in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.