Some 103 people have lost their lives after a military aircraft crashed in Algeria’s mountainous northeast near the border of Mali, a security source says.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft was travelling from the town of Tamanrasset in the south, and crashed into Mount Djebel Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region on Tuesday, official media quoted army spokesman Lahmadi Bouguern as saying.
The aircraft was heading to the city of Constantine, some 380 kilometers (240 miles) east of the capital, where it ran into “poor weather conditions,” Algerian radio added.
As the aircraft started its descent into Constantine, the plane lost contact with the control tower.
Reports showed that poor weather was to blame for the crash, with heavy snow and strong winds sweeping the region in recent days.
All passengers aboard the plane perished, marking the deadliest air disaster since the country’s independence in 1962.
Tamanrasset is the main garrison base for the country’s southern military operations.
The city was also the site of the last major plane crash in Algeria in March 2003, when an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on takeoff, killing all but one of 103 people aboard.