More than 100 dead as Algerian military plane crashes

11 April, 2018, 17:34 | Author: Angel Logan
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Civil protection agency spokesman Farouk Achour later told the AP that the "provisional" death toll from the crash on Wednesday is 181.

The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in an agricultural zone with no residents, Achour said.

Algeria's defence ministry issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims.

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.

The exact number of casualties has yet to be confirmed, though Algerian state TV has reported at least 257 fatalities so far.Initial reports suggested around 100 passengers had died, though the figure has increased as more information becomes available.

Video footage posted to social media showed thick black smoke rising from mangled wreckage in a field.

Later images showed most of the plane's fuselage intact with the tail sticking out of the field.

A military plane, carrying 200 passengers onboard, crashed Wednesday in Boufarik, a town in Blida Province, Algeria.

The Defense Ministry said Algerian army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, has ordered an investigation into the crash. A fire broke out at the scene of the crash, which was recorded by witnesses and uploaded on social media.

Several people are feared dead in the mishap.

Ambulances park near two parts of the Algerian military plane after it crashed in Boufarik, near the Algerian capital, Algiers.

Emergency services have been dispatched to the site of the crash.

The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came down in the mountainous Oum El Bouaghi region.

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