Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

77 dead as plane hits mountain

The plane was flying from the southern city of Ouargla to the town of Oum El Bouaghi, 350 kilometres east of Algiers

An Algerian military plane crashed into a mountain today killing 77 people.

One person survived when the C130 Hercules turboprop, carrying 74 passengers and four crew members, crashed.

After radio and radar contact with the flight was lost at 11:37am local time, three helicopters were sent to find the plane. The ministry said it had slammed into Mount Fortas, 30 miles from the flight's destination city of Constantine.

Civil defence officials at the scene told journalists that women and children were among the dead at the snowy crash site. Local reporters said the C-130 plane could be seen broken into three parts.

The plane had taken off from the southern Saharan city of Tamanrasset.

"Unfavourable weather conditions and storms accompanied by snow in the region were behind the crash," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Winds were 17-28 knots at the time, according to the aviation-safety.net website.

The worst plane crash in Algerian history occurred in 2003, when 102 people were killed after a civilian airliner crashed at the end of the runway in Tamanrasset. There was also a single survivor in that crash.

In November 2012, an Algerian military cargo plane crashed in southern France, killing all six people aboard.

AP

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