One man survived, 77 killed in plane crash in Algeria: new report

12 February 2014 10:37
(QHA) -

One person survived when a plane carrying members of the Algerian air force and their families crashed Tuesday, killing at least 77, authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the Civil Protection office said a man was hospitalized with head injuries, CNN reported. Officials said 78 people were on board the plane, a Hercules C-130.

Algerie Presse Service, the state-run news agency, said the crash occurred near Mount Fertas, about 310 miles east of Algiers. The plane had taken off from Tamanrasset, a city in southern Algeria that is the headquarters for operations against al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, and was headed to Constantine in eastern Algeria, according to UPI.

State radio said there was snow in the area where the crash occurred, suggesting bad weather was a factor.

"An investigative team has been created and sent to the scene to determine the cause and the exact circumstances of this tragic accident," a Defense Ministry statement said.

Earlier, some media reported that the plane crash killed 103 people.