Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

78 die in Moroccan air force crash

A C-130 plane similar to the one that crashed in Morocco killing 78 people(AP)

A Moroccan military transport plane has crashed into a mountain killing 78 people on board.

The Royal Armed Forces C-130 crashed was about to land at the Guelmim military air base.

It was carrying members of the Royal Armed Fores en route from Dakhla, in the disputed Western Sahara, to Kinitra in northern Morocco, and making a stop in Guelmim.

Guelmim is more than 360 miles from the capital Rabat, just north of the Western Sahara and a few dozen miles from the Atlantic Coast.

Morocco took over the mineral-rich Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1979. The Saharawi people want to establish the region as an independent state.

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