Tue, Jul 01, 2003
An Algerian C-130 went down west of
the capital City of Algiers on Monday, killing a reported 17 people
(though some reports insist that the number is closer to
12)--including a number of persons on the ground.
The military transport impacted in the residential neighborhood
of Beni Mered shortly after departing the Boufarik military
airport. Fires on the ground destroyed several nearby houses some
25 miles SW of the capital.
Most Were Killed On The Ground
The most recent reports indicate that some five crew
members were killed, and that as many as 12 people on the ground,
also lost their lives in the accident. Two women and three children
are listed among the dead and were reported to have been in the
house that the Herc hit. At least five more people on the ground
were reported among those injured.
Witness reports lend some suspicion to the possibility of a
powerplant emergency... with witnesses claiming that one engine was
spouting a considerable amount of flame prior to impact. The
aircraft was equipped with both a CVR and an FDR... which have both
Last March, an Air Algerie airliner went down, killing 102
people after it impacted in the Sahara Desert. This was the
National airlines first accident its inception in 1953.
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