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103 persons killed in Algeria in a Military plane crash

Feb 12, 2014 14:10 IST

103 persons were killed in Algeria when a military aircraft C-130 Hercules crashed in the mountains of Algeria on 12 February 2014. This was the deadliest air disaster since independence of the country. The crash happened due to the poor weather condition.

The plane was traveling from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in the Deep South, and crashed into Mount Djebel Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region.

Tamanrasset, in the far south of Algeria, near the border with Mali, is the main base for the country’s southern military operations.

imageExtra troops and equipment have been stationed there in recent months as part of efforts to beef up surveillance of Algeria’s frontiers with Mali and Libya, following a deadly hostage-taking crisis by Islamist militants at a desert gas plant in January 2013.

The city lies 1500 kilometres from Constantine, and was the site of the last major plane crash in Algeria, in March 2003.

In that disaster, an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on take-off after one of its engines caught fire. It killed all the 103 persons on board.

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