Algerian military plane crash death toll rises to 257

Medics at the scene of the plane crash

Medics at the scene of the plane crash

In 2014, a military transport plane slammed into a mountain in Algeria's rugged eastern region, killing 77 people on board.

A photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane after it caught fire in a field near the Boufarik airbase, 30 kilometres south of Algiers, the capital.

The Algerian Ministry of Defence said 247 passengers and ten crew died in what was the worst air crash in the nation's history.

Deputy Defence Minister General Ahmed Gaid Salah visited the site and ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.

The Soviet-designed II-76 military plane came down on an area with no residents, Achour added.

Some of the victims of that crash were civilians as military dependents often used the planes to travel as well as troops. Video from the scene shows smoke billowing from the plane and emergency responders rushing towards the crash.

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Tindouf is home to many refugees from the neighboring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.

The UN has always been trying to broker a settlement for Western Sahara, which has been contested since 1975 when Spanish colonial powers left.

The AU Commission, of which both Algeria and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic are founder members, has sent condolences. Miraculously, the New York Times reports that paramedics have rescued at least two people, according to an Algerian Defense Ministry official, and the search continues.

That same year, an Air Algérie flight crashed in Mali while flying between Bukina Faso and Algeria, killing all 116 people on board.

Earlier in February 2014, a USA built C-130 Hercules military aircraft mainly carrying military personnel and their relatives had barged into the mountainous region of Oum El Bouaghi.

Earlier it was reported that 200 people had been killed in the incident.

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