General Gilbert Diendere, a member of the crisis unit in Burkina Faso, said his team of investigators had already inspected the wreckage near the village of Boulikessi, 50km from the frontier.
“This team has confirmed that it has seen the remains of the plane, totally burned out and scattered on the ground,” Diendere told local television, adding the remains of dead bodies had also been discovered.
“Sadly, the team saw no one on site. It saw no survivors.”
A local official in Gossi said the crash had been witnessed by a group of herders near the village of Hamni-Ganda, and word was passed to authorities in Burkina Faso.
“The herders were in the bush and saw the plane fall,” Louis Berthaud, a community counsellor in Gossi, told Reuters by telephone. “It must have been a storm and it was struck by lightning. They said it was on fire as it fell, before it crashed.”