Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

More than 100 killed in military plane crashes near Algerian base

More than 100 killed in military plane crashes near Algerian base

In 2014 an Algerian army transport airplane transporting 78 people crashed to a mountain from the populous state of Oum El Bouaghi.

The Ilyushin Il-76 was first built in the 1970s and used as a transport plane often in rugged underdeveloped parts of the world and has the ability to use unpaved runways.

TRT World spoke to journalist Soleyman Boudalia.

Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military air base after the crash.

The crashed plane is reported to have been either an II-76 or II-78 model, aircraft which were originally developed by the Soviet Union and later Russian Federation.

The Algerian Defense Ministry has launched an investigation into the incident and has expressed condolences to the victims' families.

Footage from the scene showed smoke coming off wreckage in a field.

Ennahar private television channel said the plane carried over 250 troops and was departing for the southwest province of Bechar, before crashing in an unpopulated green field near the airport. It was scheduled to make a layover in Tindouf in southern Algeria, home to many refugees from the neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.

He confirmed that the plane had been carrying soldiers. News website TSA-Algerie reported a provisional death toll of 105 from the civil protection agency.

Wednesday's flight was en route to the Algerian region of Tindouf before heading south to Béchar, according to the defence ministry.

A photo taken on February 12, 2014, shows the wreckage of the C-130 Hercules aircraft that crashed in Algeria, killing 77 people.

The defence ministry blamed that crash on bad weather.

According to preliminary data, the number of dead is 200 people.

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