The Air Algerie aircraft that disappeared over Mali today is tail no. EC-LTV, an MD-83 (DC-9-83) with serial number 53190. The aircraft, operated by Spanish operator Swiftair on lease to Air Algerie, was the 2148th DC-9 off the production line and was fitted with JT8D-219 engines. It was delivered to Ansett World Aviation Services in August 1996 and immediately leased to Heliopolis Airlines in Egypt. It was subsequently leased to Avianca 1998 and Austral in 2007. Swiftair has been operating the aircraft since 2012 and only leased it to Air Algerie on June 20, 2014.
Air Algerie has never had a fleet of MD-80s, only temporarily leasing two from Swiftair this year.
This crash represents the 147th hull loss for the DC-9 family and the 9th for the MD-83.