Algerian military transporter crashes, 257 dead
An Ilyushin IL-76 transport plane belonging to Algerian air force has crashed on April 11, 2018 at Boufarik military airport (ICAO: DAAK), near Algiers, capital of Algeria (North Africa). The plane was heading to Bechar and crashed soon after taking off according to local sources.
A first report from Civil Protection was saying 105 people died. However, the official report from the Ministry of Defense states that the crash made 257 casualties (10 crew members and 247 passengers) without mentioning any survivor. Most of the passengers were personnel of the Algerian People's National Armed Forces or member of their families.
General Ahmed Gaid Salah, vice-minister of Algerian Defense, announced during a visit of the crash site that "an investigation had been opened to identify the circumstances of the accident."
In 2014, a similar crash involving a C-130 from the Algerian Air Force had killed 70 people, both off-duty military personnel and civilians.
The Ilyushin IL-76 is a Russian medium airlifter developed during the Soviet era in the 1960s. It can transport up to 145 passengers.
According to the Aviation Safety database, the Ilyushin IL-76 has been involved in 79 crashes with a total of 875 casualties since it entered service in 1971.
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