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Military plane crashes in Algeria, 257 dead

The Arab World | 2018-04-11 15:49:23
Military plane crashes in Algeria, 257 dead
 ALGIERS, Algeria (AP)- Algeria's defense ministry says 257 people have died when a military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria.

The ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew members were killed. It said most of the victims are soldiers and their relatives. It says the victims' bodies have been transported to the Algerian army's central hospital in the town of Ain Naadja for identification.

The crash occurred Wednesday soon after takeoff from the Boufarik air base southwest of the capital Algiers.

Civil protection agency spokesman Farouk Achour told The Associated Press that the "provisional" death toll from the crash on Wednesday is 257. He said some passengers were "extracted with deep burns caused by the fuselage catching fire."

He said more than 300 emergency workers are working at the scene.

Algerian TV network Ennahar published images of body bags lined up in a field after the crash.
The crash occurred soon after takeoff from the Boufarik air base southwest of the capital Algiers.

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