At least 257 people have died as result of an Algerian military plane crash, the Algerian Defense Ministry reported Wednesday.
The incident reportedly occurred at 8:00 a.m. local time, when a transportation aircraft crashed near the airport of the Algerian city of Blida, Boufarik province.
Local authorities have deployed 130 members of the civil protection unit, 14 ambulances and 10 truck to evacuate the injured to the scene of the crash, Dia Algerie outlet reported.
Earlier media reports suggested that there were some 200 people aboard the aircraft, all of whom had died in the incident. However, according to the recent data, provided by the country’s Defense Ministry, some 257 people have died in the crash.