Algeria’s Defense Ministry says at least 257 people have died when a military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria in the country’s worst air disaster.
In a statement, the Ministry said a total of 257 people were killed, 247 passengers and 10 crew members and a number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital, the ministry added.
It said most of the victims are soldiers and their relatives. It also 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.
The plane was heading to Tindouf, an area on Algeria’s border with Western Sahara, but crashed on the airport’s perimeter, Algeria’s defence ministry said.
Tindouf is home to thousands of refugees from the Western Sahara standoff, many of them Polisario supporters.
SOURCE : Stelladimoko .com