Algiers, April 11: At least 257 people were killed as a military aircraft crashed in Algeria on Wednesday after taking off, media reports said.
Ennahar private television channel said the plane carried over 250 troops and was departing for the southwest province of Bechar, before crashing in an unpopulated green field near the airport.
The crash took place at the Boufarik military airport near Algiers. The airport is a base for the country’s Air Force.
Over 100 killed in a military plane crash in Algeria, reports Associated Press quoting state radio.
More than 200 military personnel were on board the jet when it came down near Boufarik airport, Algérie24 reported.
Television footage showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing from near the runway.
According to news reports, 14 ambulances were at the spot and the injured were being rushed to hospitals.
However, there was no immediate confirmation from Algerian government.