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105 people killed in Algerian military transport plane crash

ALGERIA (OBSERVATORY) – On Wednesday, 105 people were killed when an Algerian military transport plane crashed near the Bufariq military airport in Blida, north of the country.

According to local media, the plane, a logistics-type “Ilyushin 76” with more than 200 members of the army, landed in an uninhabited agricultural area near the Bufariq-Balida highway.

Algerian special forces went to the scene immediately to assess the situation, while the interests of civil protection used about 14 ambulances and 10 trucks, and 130 elements to protect the fire and the transfer of the wounded.

According to Al-Nahar television, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Minister of Defense, Kayed Ahmed Saleh, cut his visit to the second military area and moved to the scene of the crash to follow up the situation. He also ordered the formation of a commission of inquiry to investigate the incident.

Television showed footage of the wreckage in an abandoned agricultural area and smoke rising from it, and rescue crews were searching for survivors and bodies.

Local sources said the plane was heading for Bashar military airport and crashed shortly after take-off.