At least 257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

by Dominic Parks April 13, 2018, 2:33
At least 257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria

The Polisario Front said 30 of its members, including women and children, died in the crash.

The plane was Russian firm Ilyushin made and over the period of past several years the country has bought military planes from Russia as well as United States too.

TV footage showed thick black smoke emanating from the burning plane.

The general has ordered an investigation of the crash, but officials have not said if flight data recorders have been recovered from the wreckage, how many people were on the plane or whether anyone survived.

Bodies of victims are covered with blankets after Algerian military plane crashed near an airport outside the capital Algiers, Algeria, April 11, 2018 in this still image taken from a video.more +. Algeria's defense ministry was quoted by state TV as saying that 247 passengers and 10 flight crew were among those killed.

It is also the second-deadliest plane crash since 2003.

An Instagram model broadcast her final moments to her thousands of followers, shortly before a private plane she was on crashed.

Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont plans return to Belgium
He has been living in Belgium since fleeing Spain to escape arrest, and has been held at a prison in Neumuenster. Rajoy says on Saturday that his government upholds and abides by court rulings in Spain and elsewhere.

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 plane was headed for Las Vegas and pilot James Pedroza didn't indicate he was having any trouble in his final call before the crash, KPHO-TV said.

In February 2014, 77 troops were killed when a C-130 Hercules aircraft belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashed in Oum El Bouaghi Province, 400 km east of Algiers.

The Ain Naadja military hospital in Algiers, where the bodies were transported, has set up a psychological support unit for victims' relatives and witnesses of the accident.

In October the same year, a military plane crashed in the south of the country during a training exercise, killing the two men on board.

It was not the worst crash of an Il-76.

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


TOP News

Welbeck's double for Arsenal costs Southampton vital points
The Gabon striker has six goals in seven Premier League games for Arsenal following his January move from Borussia Dortmund . Substitutes: Jack Wilshere (for Nelson, 64) 6, Alexandre Lacazette (for Aubameyang, 71) 5, Rob Holding (for Bellerin, 74) 5.

US, UK condemn suspected chemical attack in Syria
Paris: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called for those behind the chemical attack in Syria over the weekend to be brought to justice. The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting.

Trump in tariff threat
However, he said the White House is willing to negotiate and is in regular contact with Chinese officials. Other U.S. carmakers such as General Motors and Ford Motor also manufacture in China.

Michael Cohen Speaks Out After FBI Raid
It should generally be handled by a subpoena or a voluntary request for evidence rather than a search warrant, he said. The FBI also seized e-mails, tax documents and business records, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Cicilline: Trump firing of Mueller would 'obstruct justice'
He called it a "witch hunt", claimed Mueller's team was biased and said multiple people suggested he fire the special counsel. But I think it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened. "And many people have said, 'You should fire him'".

Amit Shah derides Oppn unity, Modi tells cadres shun negativity
He accused the Opposition of not allowing the Budget session of the Parliament to function in an orderly manner. He said: " Hamari hardik iccha hain ki woh saath mein rahein (It is our heartfelt wish that they stay with us)".

Israelis on Gaza border unmoved by Palestinian protests
Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber coated steel pellets and water cannons. Abu Amra said Murtaja was clearly marked as a journalist and wearing a helmet and protective vest.

United States imposes sanctions on 24 Russians close to Vladimir Putin
Some Russian lawmakers have already spoken about a possible " asymmetric response " that could target the USA both politically and economically.

MSU Takes Another Blow As Basketball Players Are Accused Of Rape
MSU students are sounding off about the latest scandal and some say student athletes are protected and victims are intimidated. The player who initially approached her then pulled her into his room and told her "you are mine for the night".

North Korea confirms it is willing to talk denuclearisation
Working-level officials need to determine how Kim would arrive at the southern side of the border village for the summit. The 2 Koreas earlier agreed that their leaders will use the hotline before they hold a summit on April 27th.