Algeria plane crash claims more than 250 lives

Randolph Lopez
April 12, 2018

At least 257 people were killed Wednesday when a military plane crashed near the Boufarik airbase outside the Algerian capital of Algiers, officials said.

Earlier TV images showed flames and smoke billowing from the site of the crash, the country's worst air disaster. Tindouf is home to many refugees from neighboring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.

"The plane started to rise before falling", one witness told Ennahar TV.

"This morning at around 8:00 an Ilyushin model military transport plane. crashed directly after takeoff in an agricultural field that was clear of residents", Major General Boualem Madi told state TV.

Algerian army officials have ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash and plan to visit the scene.

"After taking off, with the plane at a height of 150 meters I saw the fire on its wing".

The victims' bodies were transported to the Algerian army's central hospital outside the capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences to the President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika over the heavy loss of human life in the crash of a military transport plane near Boufarik airdrome.

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It was the first crash of an Algerian military plane since February 2014, when a USA -built C-130 Hercules turboprop slammed into a mountain in Algeria, killing at least 76 people and leaving just one 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.

The previous deadliest crash on Algerian soil occurred in 2003, when 102 people were killed after a civilian airliner crashed at the end of the runway in Tamanrasset.

"In this painful ordeal, the government members offer their deepest condolences to the families of the victims", a cabinet statement said. There was a single survivor in that crash.

An Air Algerie passenger plane flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers crashed in northern Mali in July 2014, killing all 116 people on board including 54 French nationals.

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