Algerian military plane crash kills 257 near Baufarik airport
Algeria: In a tragic incident, an Algerian military transport plane crashed near Baufarik Airport on Wednesday killing 257 onboard.
The accident occurred just after taking off from an airbase south of the capital, Algiers, according to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Defense.
Reportedly, the crashed aircraft was Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76 while heading to the southwestern city of Bechar.
It crashed outside the Boufarik military air base in a farm field. Most of the dead are army personnel and their families – Cause of the crash is unclear and an investigation is on.
“The number of martyrs has risen to 247 passengers and 10 members of the crew, most of whom are members of the army as well as their families,” said the ministry statement. “The bodies of the victims are being taken to the Central Hospital of the Army in Ain Naadja to identify them.”
The military added that Gen. Gaid Salah, head of the army, had gone to the site and ordered an investigation into the crash.
Television footages show black smoke billowing from the crash site, some 20 miles south of Algiers on the way to the city of Blida. Rescue personnel moved around the destroyed plane.
There are certain images which show the plane split in half with the back part of the fuselage intact and the tail sticking out of the field. Most of the front of the plane appeared destroyed.
Some of the victims of that crash were civilians as military dependents often used the planes to travel as well as troops.
In 2003, another Algerian C-130 transport crashed when its engine caught fire near the Boufarik air base, killing 10 people.
Algeria Plane Crash:
– Military plane crashes near Boufarik Airport in Algeria
– 257 people have died in the crash
– Most of the dead are army personnel and their families
– Cause of the crash is unclear and an investigation is underway pic.twitter.com/PRJuZxenji
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