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Hundreds dead after military plane crashes in Algeria

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Hundreds dead after military plane crashes in Algeria

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An Algerian military plane crash near an airport outside the capital Algiers has killed 247 passengers and 10 crew, the Ministry of National Defence has confirmed.

More than 100 military personnel were on board the plane when it came down near Boufarik airport, local channel Ennahar TV reported.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site.

The tail fin of a plane could be seen above olive trees, with smoke and flames rising from the wreckage.