Military Plane Crash Kills Hundreds In Algeria


More than 200 people have been killed in a military plane crash and some survivors have been rescued in Algeria.

Civil protection agency spokesman Farouk Achour told The Associated Press that the “provisional” death toll from the crash on Wednesday is more than 200. 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.

The Algerie Presse service agency said the Soviet-designed Iliouchine-type plane was headed for Bechar in southwestern Algeria.

Boufarik is located in northern Algeria, near the Mediterranean Sea, some 30 kilometres from the capital, Algiers.

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