At least 257 people are believed to have been killed after an Algerian military plane crashed near Algeria’s capital, Algier. Among those killed also include 10 crew members. Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, BBC quoted the defence ministry sources.
State-run Radio Algérie said that the plane crashed near Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Bilda. One eye witness told the local media, “We saw bodies … it was a catastrophe. We were afraid the plane would explode. We covered some bodies and put out some fires.”
It’s clear what caused to plane crash, but local authorities said that the chances of anybody surviving the crash were remote. It is the deadliest plane crash since July 2014, when all 298 people on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 died when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
The army’s chief of staff has ordered an investigation into the crash and will visit the scene.