Algerian military plane crashes with 100 feared dead
11 April, 2018, 17:58 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
A total of 257 people were killed, majority military, the defence ministry said.
Boufarik is located in northern Algeria, near the Mediterranean sea, some 30 kilometres from the capital, Algiers.
The plane was bound for Tindouf in southern Algeria, a region bordering the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
He said the plane was carrying soldiers.
'There are more than 100 deaths. "We can't say exactly how many at this point", Mohammed Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency, told The Associated Press.He said the plane was carrying soldiers.
In 2003, another Algerian C-130 transport crashed when its engine caught fire near the Boufarik air base, killing 10 people.
The Ilyushin Il-76 is 153ft long - compared to a Boeign 737 which is just over 110ft - and is created to carry military cargo.
The plane was headed to Tindouf in Algeria's south, home to camps for refugees from a long-running territorial dispute in Western Sahara, when it crashed.
An Algerian defense ministry statement said the head of the Algerian army has ordered an investigation into the crash and will visit the scene. Footage captured by witnesses showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing from near the runway.
According to reports, the plane, an Ilyushin Il-76, was heading to the western Algerian city of Bechar and went down near an airbase soon after taking off. No death toll was immediately available. It is widely used for both commercial freight and military transport.
In 2014, a military plane crashed near eastern Algeria that left at least 77 others dead.The plane crashed in Mount Fertas, which is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Algeris, according to APS.
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