An Algerian Air Force aircraft has crashed on Wednesday 11 April north of the country (in Wilaya de Blida), close to Boufarik Airport. According to several eyewitnesses, the Ilyushin Il-76 crashed shortly after take-off.
Boufarik Airport (ICAO: DAAK) is a military airport near Boufarik, Algeria. The based aircraft are Beechcraft 1900, EADS CASA C-295, Lockheed C-130 Hercules and the belated Ilyushin Il-76.
Algerian media were initially reporting that at least 105 passengers eere feared dead, but later the toll was raised to 257 victims: 247 passengers and 10 crew.
Forum topic: 11 April 2018: crash IL-76 in Boufarik, Algiers
— Algérie24 (@Alg24net) April 11, 2018
BREAKING: Algerian military aircraft crashes near Boufarik Airport (primary base of Algerian Air Force Transport Wing). Reports of ‘up to 200’ feared dead. Unconfirmed reports state the aircraft was an Ilyushin Il-76. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/qWsJNvsHGV
— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) April 11, 2018