Algerian Air Force Ilyushin-76 crash near Boufarik Airport: 257 feared dead

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Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD by Vitaly V. Kuzmin (commons file) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons (this is a featured image and not related to the crash)

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

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