A source claims there were no survivors when the plane crashed into a field near Boufarik military airport, according to reports
At least 105 people are dead after an Algerian military plane carrying more than 200 soldiers crashed just minutes after take-off, according to reports.
The transport plane crashed into a field near the Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers and burst into flames just before 8am local time on Wednesday.
One report, quoting a military source, said there were no survivors.
Footage posted online showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the air above the site of the air disaster.
Reports said the aircraft was a Russian-made Ilyushin transport plane that crashed shortly after taking off on a flight bound for Bechar in the south-west of the North African country.
Dozens of emergency response vehicles, including at least 14 ambulances, were sent to the scene in Blida province in northern Algeria, ALG 24 reported.
The report said 200 soldiers were on board the plane for a scheduled hour-long flight.
It said at least 105 people were dead.
A military source told Al Arabiya News Channel that there were no survivors.
Algeria’s Air Force has seen a number of tragedies in recent years.
In February 2014, 76 people were killed when a US-built Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport plane crashed in a mountainous area near Ain Kercha, south of Constantine Airport.
There was just one survivor on the plane which was carrying military families from Tamanrasset to Constantine, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
In November 2012, all six crew and passengers were killed when a Spanish-built CASA C-295M plane crashed into a hillside near Saint-Germain-du-Teil, France.
Five crew members and 10 people on the ground died when a C-130H Hercules’ engine caught fire and the plane crashed into houses on the outskirts of nearby Blida in June 2003.
The Algerian Air Force’s fleet includes Ilyushin Il-78 refuelling aircraft and Ilyushin Il-76 tactical airlift (transport) planes, in addition to other planes and helicopters built in Russia, the US or Europe.
Wednesday’s mass tragedy was one of two fatal crashes involving military aircraft.
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