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Up to 200 feared dead in Algeria plane crash

An Algerian military plane crashed near an airport outside the capital Algiers, killing more than 100 people on board, foreign media reported.

More than 200 military personnel were on board the plane when it came down near Boufarik airport, Algérie24 reported. There was no immediate confirmation from authorities.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site.

The Algerie Presse service agency said the Iliouchine-type plane was headed for Bechar in south-western Algeria.

The tail fin of a plane could be seen above olive trees, with smoke and flames rising from the wreckage.

Some reports even suggest that there were at least two hundred people on board the aircraft. At least fourteen 14 ambulances are present at the scene. The injured are being rushed to the hospital.

All roads near the airport have been closed for emergency services and for rescue operations to be carried out.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site.

The tail fin of a plane could be seen above olive trees, with smoke and flames rising from the wreckage.

The crash took place soon after take-off at Boufarik military airport near the capital, Algiers. The airport is a base used by the country’s air force.

As per reports, the plane was an Ilyushin Il-76 and was headed to the western Algerian city of Bechar.

IL-76 is a medium-range military transport aircraft. Also known by the Nato codename ‘Candid’, the aircraft is mainly used to drop paratroopers, carry troop forces and combat material with crews and armaments, including medium-sized battle tanks, airlift cargo for troop forces and transport for disaster relief operations.

-Agencies

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