The Algeria military plane, an Ilyushin Il-76,carried soldier and the their families when it went down in Boufarik, near the Algerian capital, Algiers shortly after takeoff on Wednesday morning.
Algeria’s defense ministry says 257 people have died when a military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria.
Some passengers were “extracted with deep burns caused by the fuselage catching fire.” Said, Civil protection agency spokesman Farouk Achour.
The 26 people onboard were members of the Polisario Front, a separatist movement in West Sahara – a territory also claimed by Morocco.Algerian ruling party official said”.
The plane was carrying troops and was headed for a military base in Bechar, southwest Algeria.
Algerian TV network Ennahar published images of body bags lined up in a field after the crash.
The ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew members were killed. It said most of the victims are soldiers and their relatives. It says the victims’ bodies have been transported to the Algerian army’s central hospital in the town of Ain Naadja for identification.