A plane crash in Algeria has reportedly left 251 people dead, according to Ennahar TV station. This brings the initial death toll of 105 to a significantly higher number.
The military reported that the Russian-made Ilyushing-76 cargo plane was transporting of troops and equipment when it crashed in Boufarik just after 8am local time on Wednesday.
RT France channel, quoting state-owned APS and Algerian TV, reported that the military aircraft went down shortly after take-off — about 30km from the capital Algiers.
Footage captured by witnesses shows a huge plume of black smoke billowing from an area near the runway.
It was also unclear what type of aircraft went down in a fireball: initial reports stated that it involved an Ilyushin-76 type aircraft, but plane-tracking site AirLive.net reported it was an Il-78 cargo plane.
As many as 14 ambulances and 10 fire engines were dispatched to the horror blaze and dozens of bodies were pulled from the wreckage, according to local reports.
#Algeria reports of at least 7 dead, After Military plane #Ilyushin IL76 that crashed near Algiers at #Boufarik airport pic of the plane before the crash. Via @Aln54Dz pic.twitter.com/mkSCsnUfM4— AtlasTimesأطلس تايمز (@Atlas_Times) April 11, 2018
All roads around the airport were closed to help emergency services carry out a desperate rescue mission.
An Algerian military source told local news broadcaster Al-Hadath that there are no survivors.
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