Algeria crash: 257 die as plane plunges into field

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15 April, 2018

A military transport aircraft crashed near Algeria's Boufarik Air Base on Wednesday morning, killing at least 257 people, according to Algeria's defense ministry.

The incident happened shortly after the plane took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers, but reasons for the crash remain unclear.

The government of Algeria has declared three days of national mourning.

Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, the defence ministry says ...

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.

One of four people identified thus far as having died in a private plane crash on April 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz., was Mariah Sunshine Coogan, a resident of West Hollywood.

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The cause of the crash was unknown.

Passengers from Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975, were among the fatalities.

The veteran leader also ordered that a special prayer be said for the victims after weekly Muslim prayers on Friday, a decree published by state press agency APS said. He and his neighbors tried to put out fire and reach victims, fearing the plane would explode.

The Algerian military, which historically depended on the Soviet Union and then Russian Federation for military hardware, operates several of the planes. It is broadly used for every industrial freight and navy transport.

A total of 257 people were killed, a lot of them military, the defence ministry said.

In 2003, an Air Algerie jet crashed on takeoff from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria, killing all but one of the 103 people aboard. There was a single survivor in that crash.


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