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Algerian military plane crash: Death toll rises to 257, Defence Ministry orders probe
jkupdate.com | 11-Apr-2018 07:04 PM
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  • In this still taken from TV showing emergency services at the scene after a military plane crashed soon after takeoff at Boufarik military base, Algeria.




NEW DELHI: An Algerian military plane carrying more than 100 soldiers crashed soon after it took off, in a farm field near Boufarik airport in northern Algeria on Wednesday. The death toll is estimated to be over 250. The plane came down near Boufarik airport, local channel Ennahar TV reported. Emergency services rushed at the spot after the crash.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site. Mohammed Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency confirmed that the plane was carrying more than 100 soldiers. He says,“There are more than 100 deaths. We can’t say exactly how many at this point.”

The reason behind the crash is yet to be ascertained. As per a Defence Ministry statement, an investigation has already been ordered into the matter.

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