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Algerian Military Plane Crashes Leaving Dozens Dead

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Military Plane Crashes in Algeria
The wreckage of a C-130 aircraft sits on Mount Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region, about 500km from the Algerian capital Algiers, on February 11, 2014. Source: AFP via Getty Images

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A military transport plane crashed in bad weather in northeastern Algeria, leaving at least 77 people dead according to state television.

One person survived the crash, state television said. The Hercules C-130 aircraft crashed on the Djbel Fertas mountain amid strong winds, according to the official APS news agency. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared three days of national mourning.

Communication with the crew was lost between the cities of Constantine and Oum El Bouaghi, the local Ennahar television reported. The plane was carrying families of military personnel, Al Arabiya television said.

The last major aviation accident in Algeria took place in March 2003, when 102 people died in the crash of a Boeing 737-200 belonging to state-owned Air Algérie.

To contact the reporters on this story: Salah Slimani in Algiers at sslimani2@bloomberg.net; Caroline Alexander in London at calexander1@bloomberg.net; Mariam Fam in Cairo at mfam1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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