At least 257 people died in the crash of the military IL-76 in Algeria
The Algerian Air Force's transport plane crashed in Blida, near the town of Boufarik, about 30 km from the capital, Al-Arabiya news agency reported. According to him, on board the crashed plane was at least 257 people, mostly military, writes RBC.
Портал Alg24.net reports that the plane crashed was an IL-76 transporter carrying an Algerian army soldier. According to AtlasTimes, the plane was supposed to deliver about two hundred soldiers from Boufarik to the city of Bechar in the west of Algeria, but crashed after takeoff.
According to preliminary data, at least 105 people, including 26 members of the Frente Polisario, an organization leading the struggle for the independence of Western Sahara from Morocco, became victims of the plane crash.
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Later portal Alg24.net reported that rescuers found at the crash site of the IL-76 181 body of the deceased. The media then reported an increase in the total number of victims to 257 people.
The Algerian news portal Al-Hadat reports that there are no survivors from the disaster.
According to preliminary data, the Russians did not die in the crash of the Il-76, according to the press service of the Russian Embassy in Algeria.
“According to preliminary data, there are no Russian citizens there, because this is an internal flight of the armed forces. While the number of victims is estimated, ”- noted in the embassy.
The causes of the crash are not yet known. The head of the General Staff of the Algerian army, Ahmed Ghayid-Salah, ordered the creation of a commission to investigate the causes of the disaster.
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