130 killed as military plane crashes in Algeria

12 February 2014 BBC Online


An Algerian military transport plane has crashed in the north-east of the country, killing 103 passengers and crew, Algerian media say.The plane - believed to be a Hercules C-130 - crashed in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province.It was en route to Constantine from Ouargla in bad weather, an "informed source" told radio station Ennahar.There are reports that the plane was carrying military personnel and family members.Ennahar's source said contact was lost with the military plane between Constantine and Oum al-Bouaghi.The source suggested bad weather conditions could have played a role in the crash. The plane was carrying 99 passengers - soldiers and their families - as well as four crew members, a security source told AFP news agency."There were no survivors," the source added.There has been no official confirmation from the army as yet. Ennahar reports that ambulances have been dispatched to the crash zone, which is some 380km (240 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

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