Written by Nathasha De Alwis
11 Apr, 2018 | 5:50 pm
An Algerian military transport plane bound to Western Algerian city of Bechar crashed near the Boufarik military air base just south of the capital Algiers killing at least 247 people, according to a statement by civil defense carried by local media.
Images posted on an Algerian website showed thick smoke billowing from the site of the crash, as several people rushed to help.
— Algérie24 (@Alg24net) April 11, 2018
The crash at Boufarik would be the worst in Algeria since 2003 when an Air Algerie jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Tamanrasset, killing 102 people.
In 2014, more than 70 off-duty military personnel and their family members were killed when a C-130 plane crashed into the Djebel Fertas mountain shortly before it was to land in the northern city of Constantine.
In December 2012, two military jets conducting routine training operations collided in mid-air near Tlemcen, in Algeria’s northwest, killing the pilots of both planes.
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