Algeria Military Transport Plane Crash Kills 257 People Near Boufarik Airport

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A military transport aircraft crashed near Algeria’s Boufarik Air Base Wednesday morning, killing at least 257 people, according to Algeria’s defense ministry. The plane came down in an open farm field near the base, the ministry says.

The military says it’s not yet sure what caused the crash near its large airport in northern Algeria. An investigation has been ordered.

“The number of martyrs to mourn has risen to (247) passengers and ten (10) crew members, most of whom are personnel from the National People’s Army as well as members of their families,” the Ministry of National Defense said.

The remains of the victims are being taken to an army hospital for identification, the ministry added. There has been no official mention of anyone who survived or was wounded in the crash.

Since the crash was first reported, the death toll climbed sharply Wednesday, as emergency and military crews worked at the scene. Video and images from the green field near the airport show rows of covered bodies lined up, and a stream of ambulances rolling through nearby streets.

The state news agency says the crashed plane was made by the Russian firm Ilyushin. In recent decades, Algeria has bought military planes from both the U.S. and Russia.

This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from government officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.

Source: NPR

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