BOUFARIK (ALGERIA), April 11 - An Algerian military plane crashed and caught fire today killing 257 people, mostly army personnel and members of their families, officials said.
An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane in a field near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off.
Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene of the crash about 25 km southwest of Algiers.
Deputy Defence Minister General Ahmed Gaid Salah visited the site and ordered an investigation into the circumstances of the crash.
The Ilyushin II-76 transport plane was bound for Tindouf in southwest Algeria. � AFP