Algerian C-130 Crashes (Updated)
At least 77 people, many of them women and children, may have been killed in the crash of an Algerian military transport aircraft Tuesday in northern Algeria. The C-130 was initially reported to be carrying 99 passengers and four crew but the Algerian government corrected that late Tuesday. The aircraft was taking military personnel and their families from a base at Tamanrasset to Constantine. At least one soldier is reported to have survived.
The aircraft went down in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province, near the final destination of Constantine. Algerian officials told local media that gusty winds and bad weather were likely a contributing factor. Although primarily used for cargo and troop transport, a standard Herc can be configured to carry up to 92 passengers.