At least 100 people were killed when a military plane carrying soldiers crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria on Wednesday, officials said.
The Algerian defense ministry says that 257 people have been killed in a military plane crash and some survivors have been rescued.
The military transport plane crashed into a field shortly after take off at Boufarik airport, southwest of Algiers.
As per the reports, a total of 14 ambulances and ten fire engines were dispatched to the location.
The country's official news agency APS reported the aircraft had crashed near the Boufarik air base, between Algiers and the city of Bilda.
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.
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The plane was headed for Bechar in south-western Algeria, the Washington Post reported, citing a local Algerian news outlet.
There was no immediate information about the cause of the crash.
The Defense Ministry issued a statement saying the cause of the crash was unclear and that an investigation had been opened. No death toll was immediately available.
The Soviet-designed Il-76 military transport plane crashed in an agricultural zone with no residents, Achour said. This would make it the most deadly crash in Algerian history and one of the worst 10 aviation accidents of all time.
Only one person survived after the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came down in the mountainous Oum El Bouaghi region. The army chief's office later confirmed on its Facebook page that the crash was due to a "technical failure" and that the pilot died of his injuries on the way to a military hospital in nearby Taungoo town.