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.

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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.

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