Algerian reports stated a military plane has crashed on Wednesday near Boufarik airbase.
Some survivors of the plane crash at Boufarik Airport have been rescued, AP reported, citing local emergency services.
The jet crashed on Wednesday morning, shortly after taking off from Boufarik Airport, which is the base for the Air Transport fleet of the Algerian Air Force.
The crashed plane was an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter, Algerian media report.
The base is only 20km from the Algerian capital of Algiers.
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- UPDATE 11:20 UTC Death toll of Algerian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 accident has risen to 257 – defense ministry says.
- UPDATE 08:54 UTC Local authorities have deployed 130 members of the civil protection unit, 14 ambulances and 10 truck to evacuate the injured to the scene of the crash, Dia Algerie outlet reported.
- UPDATE 08:32 UTC The military aircraft (allegedly an Il-76 or Il-78) has crashed shortly after takeoff.
- UPDATE 08:27 UTC No survivors in Boufarik plane crash, ‘around 200’ were on board: military source tells Al Arabiya.
The crash reportedly occurred in Boufarik, a town in Blida Province, approximately 30 km from the capital Algiers.
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Boufarik Airport (ICAO: DAAK) is a military airport near Boufarik, Algeria. It is the home base for the Air Transport fleet of the Algerian Air Force.