11 February 2014

Algeria: C-130 Hercules Transport Plane Crashes in Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria

Dozens have died after a military transport aircraft carrying troops and family members crashed in eastern Algeria. The C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed in Oum El Bouaghi, about 500 kilometers east of the capital.

On Tuesday, various media reported casualty figures in the range of about 100 killed in the plane crash, roughly 300 miles east of the capital, Algiers. Preliminary reports blamed the weather, a mix of wind and snow.

The private Ennahar TV cited "informed sources" in reporting that 103 people died when the military transport plane crashed. The flight had been headed toward the northeastern city of Constantine.

The plane crashed in a mountainous area in the Oum El Bouaghi province, according to the reports.

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