Current Event Cat of the Day: Algerian Plane Crash

Current Event Cat - Algerian Army Plane

If you think flying Delta is bad, wait until you fly in an Algerian military transport plane through stormy weather.

More than 100 people have died after an Algerian military transport plane crashed into mountains in the northeast part of the country. The Hercules C-130 was carrying 103 passengers and crew members (all members of the military and their families) when it took off from the city of Ouargla enroute to the northeastern city of Constantine.

Algerian news is reporting that the plane was flying “in poor weather conditions” and crashed into a mountain shortly before it was supposed to land in the city of Constantine.

“Very bad weather conditions, involving a storm and heavy snowfall, were behind the crash,” the defence ministry was quoted as saying in a statement.

One survivor has been found amid the wreckage – a soldier who is now being treated for head injuries at a military hospital in Algiers.

So far, 77 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage but rescue workers are still sifting through the mountainous terrain and wintry weather conditions for addition bodies.

This is the worst plane crash in Algeria since 2003, when 102 were killed after a civilian airliner crashed at the end of the runway in Tamanrasset. Interestingly enough there were also 103 people onboard that fight and only one survivor in the crash… So if your plane goes down in Algeria, you have a 1/103 chance of making it out alive.

Via: BBC News

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