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Dozens reported dead after plane crashes in Algeria

Dozens reported dead after plane crashes in Algeria

In February 2014, another Algerian military transport plane, this time a USA -built C-130, crashed into a snowy mountain in eastern Algeria killing 77 people with just a single survivor.

Emergency services rushed to the crash site, near a military base in Boufarik, about 15 miles southwest of Algiers.

Releasing a press statement the Algerian Defence Ministry said cause of the crash is not yet known and an investigation has been ordered.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's called for three days of official mourning for the soldiers and their families aboard the plane.

Four years ago, another plane carrying military personnel and family members crashed in Algeria, killing 77 people. Ten crew members were also killed.

Around 100 military personnel were on board the Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane, a military source told AFP, asking not to be named.

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The victims' bodies have been transported to the Algerian army's central hospital for identification.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash.

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It is believed to have been flying to Bechar in the country's southwest via Tindouf. Tindouf is home to many refugees from the neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco. Deadliest plane crashesJuly 17, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine.

Dozens of others were earlier reported injured in the crash, which sent dark smoke billowing into the sky.

"The people of South Africa share their pain and loss and extend their most honest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident", he said. The Algerian military operates several of the aircraft. There was a single survivor.

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