Vehicle Accident in Algeria on April 11 2018 10:11 AM (UTC).
An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's worst-ever plane crash. Algeria's Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew. The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been opened. Algerian authorities did not mention whether there were any survivors but one witness reported seeing some people jump out of the aircraft before it crashed at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. The flight had just taken off from the Boufarik military base, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers, for a military base in Bechar in southwest Algeria, according to Farouk Achour, the chief spokesman for the civil protection services. It was scheduled to make a layover in Tindouf in southern Algeria, home to many refugees from the neighboring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco. The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in a farm field with no people nearby, Achour said. Algerian TV Dzair said five people were in a critical state but it's unclear whether they were inside the plane when it crashed. Footage from the scene showed thick black smoke coming off the field, ambulances and Red Crescent vehicles arriving at the crash site and body bags lined up in the field. Several witnesses told Algerian TV network Ennahar they saw flames coming out of one of the plane's engines just before it took off. One farmer said some passengers jumped out of the aircraft before the accident. "The plane started to rise before falling," an unidentified man lying on what seemed to be a hospital bed told Ennahar TV. "The plane crashed on its wing first and caught fire." The victims' bodies have been transported to the Algerian army's central hospital for identification. The prime minister's office said lawmakers and officials observed a minute of silence as a tribute to the victims. The Il-76 model has been in production since 1970s and has an overall good safety record. It is widely used for both commercial freight and military transport. The Algerian military operates several of the planes.
More than 250 military personnel were killed when a military plane crashed near Boufarik airbase outside the Algerian capital, local media reported on Wednesday. The plane, Soviet-designed Ilyushin Il-76, was carrying scores of military troops, according to the local media reports. The plane was heading to the western Algerian city of Bechar, according to the Algerie24 media outlet. The cause of the crash was stated as unclear. "There are more than 100 deaths. We can't say exactly how many at this point," said Mohammed Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency, adding that the plane was carrying soldiers. The Algerian Defense Ministry has launched an investigation into the incident and has expressed condolences to the victims' families. State media later reported that 257 people were on board and that none of them survived the crash. Images posted on the social media networks show a thick plume of smoke rising from the site of the incident as rescuers and ambulances rush to the site. Boufarik airbase is located about 20 miles (32km) from Algiers in northern Algeria. This is the third airplane accident with a high number of casualties inside Algeria in recent years.