Rescuers are seen around the wreckage of an Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off on April 11, 2018. AFP / Ryad KRAMDI
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An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers, their families and some refugees crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the nation's worst-ever aviation disaster. Algeria's Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew. Algerian authorities did not mention any survivors but one witness reported seeing some people jump out of the aircraft before it crashed at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. Algerian TV Dzair said five people were in a critical state but it's unclear whether they were inside the plane when it crashed.The flight had just taken off from the Boufarik military base, 30 kilometers southwest of the capital Algiers, for the southwestern military base in Bechar, according to Farouk Achour, spokesman for Algeria's civil protection services. The Algerian military operates several of the planes.It was the first crash of an Algerian military plane since February 2014, when a U.S.-built C-130 Hercules turboprop crashed into a mountain in Algeria, killing at least 76 people and leaving just one survivor.
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