Algiers, Publish Date: Apr 11 2018
At least 257 people were killed in a military plane crash near an airfield outside the Algerian capital on Wednesday, the media reported.
An Ilyushin I76 troop carrier belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashed in the military airbase of Boufarik in Blida province, Xinhua news agency quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.
Footage captured by witnesses showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing from near the runway.
Army Chief of Staff Lt Gen Ahmed Gaid Salah extended condolences to the families of the victims but did not provide a death toll. The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation was launched, the Defence Ministry said.