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PICS: 77 people die in Algeria plane crash; lone soldier survives miraculously
Feb 13, 2014, 08:28 AM IST
Algeria: Nearly 77 people died when the army plane crashed in Northern region of Algeria. The plane was carrying army soldiers and their family members. The crash is said to be most horrific in past 10 years. The Defense Ministry has formed a committee to investigate into reasons of the accident. There were 78 people travelling in the air plane including cabin crew.
According to a senior official, the plane crashed into a mountain due to bad weather conditions. 77 out of 78 people were killed in the accident leaving a lone survivor behind. After colliding with the mountain, a huge blast occurred in the plane. The dead bodies of the passengers are badly burnt in the explosion and it has become difficult to recognize them.
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The plane was discovered in pieces on Mount Fortas near the town of Ain Kercha, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Constantine, main city in eastern Algeria. The senior official of Algerian army said that cargo plane Hercules C-180 was heading to Constantine from the southern Saharan city of Tamanrasset. In the earlier reports, it was said that 103 people travelling in the plane have been killed. The relief and rescue workers reached the spot and started the task.
One soldier was saved in the crash who is badly injured. He has been admitted to a hospital in Algeria. One of the retired Intelligence officer told that the saved person has suffered severe head injuries. Due to unconsciousness, his identity has not been revealed yet.