Algerian military transport plane crashes after takeoff, killing 257 people: defence ministry

Algeria’s defence 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.

The Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76 was headed to the southwestern city of Bechar when it crashed just outside the Boufarik military air base in a farm field, said a statement from Algeria’s Ministry of Defense.

The ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew members were killed. It said most of the...

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