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At Least 100 Killed as Military Plane Crashes in Algeria

At Least 100 Killed as Military Plane Crashes in Algeriaā€¯

The Algerian defence ministry reported that 247 passengers and 10 crew members were found dead after the plane crash.

257 people were killed when an Algerian military plane crashed shortly after taking off from an army airport in the north of the country, local officials confirmed.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offered his condolences in a statement saying it is a tragedy that pains all of them and sadden them deep inside their hearts.

The previous deadliest crash in Algeria was in 2003, when 102 people were killed after plane crashed on a runway in Tamanrasset.

The plane was scheduled to stop in the remote town of Tindouf along the Moroccan border, site of the sprawling refugee camps for Western Saharans that have fled the decades-old conflict with Morocco.

The remains of the victims are being taken to an army hospital for identification, the ministry added. The plane came down in an open farm field near the base, the ministry says.

An investigation into the crash has been ordered by the Algeria's military chief. It said most of the victims are soldiers and their relatives.

Morocco annexed Western Sahara after the Spanish colonial power withdrew in 1975.

The Soviet Il-76 model which crashed today after take-off has been in production since 1970s and is for both commercial and military transport.

Six people killed in a Scottsdale, AZ-area plane crash Monday were shown laughing and enjoying their flight on social media just before the tragic accident.

One local station reported five people were in a critical state, but it was unclear whether they were inside the plane when it crashed. It was a twin-turboprop CASA C-295 military transport aircraft. There was a single survivor in that crash.



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