Algerian military air crash killed more than 250 people
More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria’s capital this Wednesday. Labeled as the country’s worst air disaster, a total of 257 people were killed, most of them military. Ten crew members and other people described as family members also died, and a number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital, reported the ministry.
A member of Algeria’s ruling FLN party told the private Ennahar TV station the dead included 26 members of Polisario, an Algerian-backed group fighting for the independence of neighboring Western Sahara, a territory also claimed by Morocco in a long-running dispute.
The plane was heading to Tindouf, an area on Algeria’s border with Western Sahara, but crashed on the airport’s perimeter