181 killed in Algerian military plane crash

Charlene Craig
April 11, 2018

The news outlet added the crash is the biggest disaster in the history of the Algerian Air Force.

The plane was on its way to Tindouf in the south of the country, according to the Reuters news agency, where refugee camps from long-running territorial disputes in Western Sahara are located. It said most of the victims are soldiers and their relatives.

'There are more than 100 deaths.

An Algerian military aircraft, carrying over 100 personnel, crashed on Wednesday near Boufarik airport near the capital Algiers, local media reported. This representational picture shows an aerial view of Russian emergency vehicles arriving near to the site of air crash, February 11, 2018. The crash killed 77 people.

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The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in a farm field with no people nearby, Achour said.

Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah extended condolences to the families of the victims but did not provide a death toll.

The Defense Ministry issued a statement saying the cause of the crash was unclear and that an investigation had been opened.

Black smoke was spotted billowing from the site of the wreckage, as emergency services arrived on the scene to attend to casualties.

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According to a police doctor , 47 of the affected women were susceptible to long-term complications as a effect of the treatment. The two women struck up a conversation, during which it emerged that the younger woman was considering giving up her baby.

In February 2014, another Algerian military transport plane, this time a USA -built C-130, crashed into a snowy mountain in eastern Algeria killing 77 people with just a single survivor.

Two Algerian military planes collided mid-flight in December 2012 during a training exercise in Tlemcen, in the far west of the country, killing the pilots of both planes.

There was one survivor from the accident, in which the C-130 crashed into a mountain amid bad weather conditions.

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