FLASH | More Than 100 Killed In Military Plane Crash (VIDEO)
No fewer than 100 people were killed in a military plane crash in Algeria on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, local media said.
Local news website TSA said 105 people had died, quoting what it called provisional figures from the civil service.
A statement from the defense ministry confirming the crash gave no casualty toll.
The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been opened, the defence ministry said in a statement.
Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash.
“There are more than 100 deaths. We can’t say exact how many at this point,” Mohammed Achour, the chief spokesman for the civil protection agency, said.
Achour also said the Russian-designed Il-76 military transport plane was carrying soldiers. The defence ministry did not provide a death toll but expressed condolences to the victims’ families.
The flight had just taken off from Boufarik, about 20 miles (30 kilometres) south-west of Algiers, when it crashed. It was bound for a military base in Bechar in the south-west of the country, Achour said.
It was scheduled to make a stopover in Tindouf in southern Algeria, home to many refugees from the neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.