Military transport plane crashes in Morocco

Many feared dead as Hercules C-130 carrying an estimated 70 passengers hits a mountain in country's south.


    A Moroccan military transport aircraft has crashed in the south of the country, the official MAP news agency said.

    The plane, a Hercules C-130, crashed into a mountain near the town of Guelmin, but the exact number of casualties was not yet known, MAP said.

    "This is a military plane that is used for the transport of troops, but also of their families. It is widely used in the Sahara," an interior ministry official told the AFP news agency.

    "Above all, it was the fog and bad weather conditions that are believed to be behind this accident. But for the moment, we don't have enough information".

    Citing unnamed sources, independent news portal Lakome.com said at least 20 of an estimated 70 passengers aboard the aircraft had died.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.