11 February 2014, 17:36

At least 103 dead after military plane crashes in Algeria

At least 103 dead after military plane crashes in Algeria

A military transport plane crashed in eastern Algeria on Tuesday, killing 103 people, the private Ennahar TV station said, citing "informed sources".

The C-130 Hercules aircraft, which crashed in Oum al-Bouaghi, around 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of the capital, was carrying soldiers and members of their families, said a security source.

The exact number of victims is not yet clear, sources in the Algerian army say. According to Elkhabar, 123 people were killed in the crash.

The sources told AFP that the plane was carrying 99 passengers as well as four crew members.

"There were no survivors," the source added.

The plane was heading to the city of Constantine located in the northwest of the country, according to military sources, RIA Novosti reports. Contact was lost with the military plane between Constantine and Oum al-Bouaghi.

The cause of the crash could have been bad weather conditions, according to preliminary information, local daily newspaper Elkhabar reported. Witnesses in the area said it clipped a mountain and then crashed, AP reported. 

Ambulances have been dispatched to the area to deal with casualties - many of whom are believed to be soldiers.

The authorities have not yet released a statement on the crash, and no official death toll was immediately available.

Voice of Russia, AFP, BBC, RIA

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