Algeria Plan Crash Takes 250 Lives

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An Algerian military plane crashed outside the capital on April 11, 2018, killing around 250 people.

The plane carried members of the Western Sahara’s Polisario independence movement. At the time of the crash, near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers, a line of white body bags were seen on the ground next to what media said was a Russian Ilyushin transport plane. The crash took a total of 257 lives.

The plane was heading to a border of Algeria called Tindouf, which is close to the Western Sahara, however, crashed on the airport’s perimeter. The plane held families of the victims.

In February 2014, an Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules crashed in a mountainous area in eastern Algeria killing 77 passengers and leaving one survivor.

The defence minister of Algeria issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims.

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