Probe begins into deadly Algeria air disaster

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An Algerian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 similar to the aircraft involved

TRAVEL GAZETTE – An investigation is underway after an Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Algerian Air Force crashed shortly after take-off from Boufarik Airport, Algeria on Wednesday.

All 257 people on board were killed, making the incident the deadliest air crash in Algerian history, surpassing the crash of Air Algérie Flight 6289 in 2003.

The crash was also the deadliest aviation disaster since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014.
The crash was also the deadliest aviation disaster since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014.

The crash was also the deadliest aviation disaster since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down in 2014.

Following the incident, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the President of Algeria, declared three days of national mourning, whilst Ahmed Gaid Salah, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

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