A military plane carrying about 257 people has crashed near the Algerian capital.
The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Blida. Amongst those who were killed are, ten plane crew. News from state-run Radio Algérie. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors.
Algerian TV station Ennahar reported the plane was a Soviet-era Ilyushin, and showed images of smoke rising from the aircraft’s fuselage, tilted to one side. Part of the aircraft detached from the plane’s body was seen sticking out above olive trees.
Images also showed dozens of bodies in numbered bags lined up on the ground, as paramedics and firefighters worked at the crash site, while cranes began moving some of the debris.
One man told Ennahar he was at home when he heard an explosion, and drove with a neighbor to the site, where they tried to put out the fire and reach victims.
“We were afraid the plane would explode. We covered some bodies and put out some fires.”
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