257 dead as military plane crashes in Algeria


An Algerian military plane crashed and caught fire today killing 257 people, mostly army personnel and members of their families, officials said.
An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane in a field near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off.
The defence ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew were killed without mentioning any survivors.
The Ilyushin II-76 transport plane was bound for Tindouf in southwest Algeria. 

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