Plane crash kills hundreds in Algeria

In a tragic incident, an Algerian military transport plane crashed near Baufarik Airport on Wednesday killing 257 onboard.

Algerian army officials have ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash and plan to visit the scene.

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared three days of national mourning.

The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in a farm field with no people nearby, Achour said.

Ennahar TV said that 26 people of them were members of Polisario Front, West Sahara's separatist movement.

An Algerian military plane is seen after crashing near an airport outside the capital Algiers, Algeria April 11, 2018 in this still image taken from a video.

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NTSB investigators were at the crash site on Tuesday examining the burned wreckage next to a tree.

Back in 2012 December, two military jets also collided mid-air while they were on a routine training operations close to Tlemcen, in Algeria's northwest and the pilots of both the planes were found dead. Emergency responders told Associated Press that some bodies pulled from the plane showed "deep burns caused by the fuselage catching fire".

It was flying from Boufarik to Tindouf and then Bashar. Most of those on the flight were military personnel and their family members.

Morocco annexed Western Sahara after the Spanish colonial power withdrew in 1975.

Airplane carrying Algerian troopers and their households reportedly crashes shortly after takeoff killing tons of.

The Algeria crash is also the second-deadliest plane crash since 2003. Earlier in February 2014, a United States built C-130 Hercules military aircraft mainly carrying military personnel and their relatives had barged into the mountainous region of Oum El Bouaghi. There was a single survivor in that crash.

  • Carlos Nash