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Sole survivor in Algerian military plane crash, 77 dead

A Hercules C-130 turboprop Algerian military plane carrying members of the Air Force and their families was flying from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria to Constantine when it crashed in eastern Algeria on Tuesday, killing 77 of the 78 aboard.
Posted By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM
ALGIERS, Algeria, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A military plane crashed in the mountains of eastern Algeria on Tuesday, killing at least 77 and leaving one sole survivor.

The Algerian Civil Protection spokeswoman said that the sole survivor suffered head wounds in the accident and was taken to the hospital.

According to the Defense Ministry, the Hercules C-130 turboprop was flying from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria to Constantine when it crashed. The plane was carrying Algerian Air Force members and their families. An investigation is underway with initial speculation that bad weather may have been a factor in the crash.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared a three-day national mourning period.


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