Morocco mourns victims of air disaster

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Morocco mourns victims of air disaster

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Morocco has declared three days of national mourning after one of the country’s worst air disasters.

Seventy-eight passengers and crew were killed on impact when a military transport plane crashed into a mountainside in bad weather. Two survivors later died of their injuries.

The plane came down around 10km from Guelmim, just north of the disputed Western Sahara territory. It had been en route from Dakhala to Agadir.

Most of those on board were soldiers although the army said civilians including family members were also on the flight.

The C-130 Hercules is said to have been preparing to land at Guelmim’s local military airport for a scheduled stop when it slammed into a mountain.

Officials have blamed the accident on fog although an investigation has been launched.