Algeria air crash

Added On April 12, 2018

A total of 257 people were killed on Wednesday morning in a military plane crash in Algeria's Blida Province, 30 km southwest of the capital Algiers.

The tragedy came just moments after the plane took off from the Boufarik military airport.
The majority of the victims were soldiers and members of their families.
The plane crash has been confirmed as the worst air disaster in the history of Algeria, killing all 257 people on board including 10 crew members.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has decreed a three-day national mourning and a prayer on Friday in memory of the victims.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was saddened by the crash.
SOUNDBITE(English)Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General: 
"It is with great sadness that the Secretary-General learned of the tragic accident involving a military plane this morning near Algiers, in which more than 250 passengers and crew members lost their lives. The Secretary-General conveys his heartfelt condolences to the family of the victims and to the people and government of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria."