An Algerian military plane believed to be carrying at least 99 members of the military and their families crashed on Tuesday in a remote area of northeastern Algeria, killing everyone on board, according to the Algerian National Radio. It was the first major crash in the country in more than a decade.
The plane was identified as a Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a widely used American-made military transport aircraft, and the crash site was the mountainous province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 300 miles from Algiers, the country’s capital. The radio broadcast said the crash was believed to have been caused by bad weather, but no further details were immediately provided by Algerian officials.
The plane was en route from the city of Ouargla in the country’s midsection to the northeastern city of Constantine.
The Associated Press, quoting an unidentified Algerian intelligence official in a dispatch from Algiers, said four crew members had also been aboard.
The last reported air-crash disaster in Algeria was in 2003, when a Boeing 737 operated by Air Algérie, a commercial airline, crashed shortly after takeoff in Tamanrasset. All but one of the 103 people aboard were killed. One of the plane’s engines failed.