Crash of a military plane in Boufarik, up to 257 dead-direct

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A military plane crashed, this morning, April, 11, 2018, in the periphery of the military airport of Boufarik, in the province of Blida.

 

The plane belongs to People’s National Army forces. This tragic accident took place at around 08:00 a.m ( local time).

In this aspect, Internet users shared photos and videos of the huge smoke near the military airport of Boufarik.

As regards the death toll, no statements have been released yet.

The transport plane plummeted to the ground shortly after taking off at Boufarik Airport in Algeria, according to local media.

The Algerie Presse service agency said the Iliouchine-type plane was headed for Bechar in south-western Algeria.

Live:

08:40:  Several dead recorded in the crash of the military plane in Blida.

Dozens of bodies were evacuated by the civil protection services.

Civil protection mobilized 14 ambulances, 10 trucks and no less than 130 agents.

Roads leading to the Boufarik-Blida motorway closed.

The plane is an Ilyushin 76 carrying military troops.

More than 200 soldiers of People’s National Army were aboard the crashed plane.

The military plane was heading to Bechar and crashed a few minutes after taking off.

🛑 At least 105 dead, including 26 from Western Sahara.

Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of People’s National Army (ANP), Lt General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, went to the scene of the crash of the military transport plane, said a statement from the Department of National Defence (MDN).

Chief of Staff of People’s National Army, Gaid Salah, cancels his visit to the 2nd Military Region.

He orders a commission of inquiry to determine the incident’s causes and circumstances.

Photo of the Iliouchine Il-76 military plane, which crashed in Blida.

Black smoke could be seen rising near a motorway in footage broadcast on Algerian television, with a crowd of officials also visible in a field next to the crash site.

DGNS’ Head Abdelghani Hamel cancels his planned visits to Sidi Bel Abbes and Oran.

The cause of the crash still unclear.

Photos of the victims.

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Crash of a military plane in Blida: Death toll reached at least 257dead (Civil Protection).

Death toll reached 257, including 10 crew members, according to the final official report.

In this aspect, resident doctors decided to temporarily suspend their strike in hospitals near the crash zone.

13:00- The Algerian Government expressed condolences following the military plane crash that has claimed the lives of 257 people.

“It was with deep regret the Government received news of the military plane crash,” said, on Wednesday, April, 11, 2018, a statement from the Prime Minister Offices.

14:00- President Bouteflika sends a message of condolences to the families of crash victims.

“The Almighty, whose will is unavoidable, has wanted today to put to the test Algeria and its military institution through a crash of one of its planes, resulting in a large number of martyrs of national duty, a tragedy that has deeply grieved us,” President Bouteflika said in the message.

“In this painful ordeal, we can only resign ourselves to the will of Allah and offer to the families of the victims, and the whole Algerian people our most heartfelt condolences and most sincere feelings of compassion and sympathy, praying to the Almighty to fill the victims with His mercy and include them among the martyrs and the righteous in His vast paradise.”

“Exhorting the victims’ families to ask Allah for strength and courage, I assure them that I will be at their side to alleviate their sorrow and their pain,” the head of State said, concluding with the Holy Qur’an verses: “… give good tidings to the patient, who, when disaster strikes them, say “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”

15:10- Three-day mourning period following military plane crash.

16:50-World leaders have offered thoughts and prayers for the families of the victims.

Presidents from several countries, including Iran, Russia, Armenia, France, Spain, Palestine and Kuwait, offered condolences to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika over the crash of a military plane near Boufarik airport, which left 257 killed.

The officials expressed sincere condolences and support to the relatives of the victims.
17:20- “The funeral prayer for the absent will be performed on Friday in all mosques of the Republic, in the memory of the victims of the military aircraft crash,” said the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakf in a communiqué.

“President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has given instructions to perform the funeral prayer for the absent in the memory of the victims of Wednesday’s military plane crash,” added the communiqué.

“All mosques of the Republic will perform the funeral prayer for the absent after Friday’s prayer in accordance with President’s instructions,” said the Ministry’s communiqué.

More to follow..

 

 

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