Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
At least 257 died after a military aircraft crashed in northern Algeria shortly after it took off from the Boufarik airbase by the capital Algiers on Wednesday morning, according to the defence ministry.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, but the army chief has launched an investigation into the crash.
Many of the dead are army personnel, their families and crew members in what has been identified as the deadliest place crash since July 2014, and the second worst since 2003.
The Ilyushin II-76 was travelling to Bechar in the African country’s southwest, before falling out of the sky.
Previously, a military aircraft crashed in 2014 over Algeria killing 77.
More details to follow. Image of crash scene from ABC News 7.