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Algeria plane crash survivor found: emergency services

ALGIERS: One survivor was found on Tuesday from the crash of an Algerian military aircraft which had more than 100 people on board, an emergency services official told state radio.

"We have found a survivor and the search continues," Colonel Farid Nechad said, without giving further details.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft, which crashed in the mountainous Oum El Bouaghi region in northeastern Algeria, was carrying 99 passengers -- soldiers and their families -- as well as four crew members, a security source told AFP.

The source had said earlier that all on board had perished.

The plane was travelling from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in the deep south to the city of Constantine, east of the capital, and lost contact with the control tower just as it was beginning its descent.

Preliminary reports indicated that poor weather was to blame, with heavy snow and strong winds sweeping the region in recent days, according to national media.

 

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