14
Wednesday
November 2018
5:41 AM IST
News Headlines
Preparing for Australia tour by watching videos: Shami        India invites Swedish companies to explore investment opportunities        Govt cancels ED officer Rajeshwar Singh's leave        175 dead, over 10,000 affected by Nigeria cholera outbreak        Lankan parties move SC against Parliament dissolution by Prez Sirisena        Delhi pollution: Task forces conducts meetings on WhatsApp for urgent decisions        PM slams Rahul, Sonia for questioning note ban; need no certificate from those on bail        70 per cent turnout in first phase of Chhattisgarh polls: EC        Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha attacks NDA ally Nitish Kumar amid reports of RLSP MLA joining JD(U)        Mining Baron Janardhana Reddy Remanded in Custody Till November 24 for 'Shielding' Ponzi Scam Accused Father-Son        Death toll hits 25 from wildfires at both ends of California        "Nationalism Betrayal Of Patriotism": Emmanuel Macron, Trump By His Side        3rd T20: Dhawan, Pant take Ind to victory, series win        FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in ISL        One killed, several injured in stabbing attack in Melbourne: Police        Journalists beware: After Bloomberg bots, AI news presenter debuts in China        Harmanpreet Kaur’s record century headlines India’s big win over NZ in opener        Mumbai City end NorthEast United’s unbeaten run        Chelsea beat BATE 1-0 in Europa League        Srikanth enters pre-quarterfinals of China Open        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
Algeria struck by its worst-ever plane crash, more than 250 dead
 
Algeria on Wednesday was struck by its worst-ever plane crash when at least 257 people lost their lives after a military aircraft crashed soon after it took off in a field near Boufarik military base. The Defence Ministry, confirming the death toll, said those killed include 247 members and 10 crew members. The reason behind the crash is yet to be ascertained. However, an investigation into the matter was immediately announced by the Defence Ministry.

As per Algeria’s ruling party FLN, the victims of the Algerian military plane crash also include 26 members of the Western Saharan Polisario, an Algerian-backed group fighting for the independence of neighbouring Western Sahara – a territory also claimed by Morocco in a long-running dispute.

The flight took off from the Boufarik military base, which is situated 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers, and was headed to a military base in Bechar in southwest Algeria, according to Mohammed Farouk Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency. He added that the flight was scheduled to make a layover in Tindouf in southern Algeria.

The authorities have so far declined to comment on the number of survivors but an eye-witness speaking to local media speaking to Algerian TV network Ennahar said people were seen jumping out of the aircraft before it crashed into the field. A report in Algerian TV Dzair said five people were in a critical state but it’s unclear whether they were inside the plane when it crashed.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site. An unidentified man lying in a hospital was quoted by AP as saying, “The plane started to rise before falling”, adding, “The plane crashed on its wing first and caught fire.” The bodies which were recovered have been transported to Algerian army’s central hospital in the town of Ain Naadja for identification.

Expressing grief over the mishap, the prime minister’s office said the lawmakers and officials observed a minute of silence and paid tribute to the victims. The Defence Ministry also issued a statement expressing condolences to families of the victims. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after the crash announced three days of national mourning, adding that prayers for the dead will be held on Friday, news agency AP reported.

The Soviet Il-76 model which crashed today after take-off has been in production since 1970s and is for both commercial and military transport. This was the first plane crash after February 2014, in which several lives were lost. Earlier in February 2014, a US built C-130 Hercules military aircraft mainly carrying military personnel and their relatives had barged into the mountainous region of Oum El Bouaghi. The crash had then claimed the lives of 77 people, while one had survived the mishap. Officials had then blamed the bad weather for the crash.

Another deadliest plane crash in Algeria was back in 2003, when 102 people had lost their lives after a civilian airliner crashed at the end of the runway in Tamanrasset.


175 dead, over 10,000 affected by Nigeria cholera outbreak
Lankan parties move SC against Parliament dissolution by Prez Sirisena
Death toll hits 25 from wildfires at both ends of California
"Nationalism Betrayal Of Patriotism": Emmanuel Macron, Trump By His Side
One killed, several injured in stabbing attack in Melbourne: Police
Journalists beware: After Bloomberg bots, AI news presenter debuts in China
Russia says it thwarted drone attacks at World Cup
Pak PM Imran Khan wishes Hindu community on Diwali
UK opens up armed forces recruitment to more Indians
US midterms: Key factors that will drive verdict on 21 months of Trumpism
India, China Among 8 Countries Exempt From US Sanctions On Iran Oil
"Help Us Exit From Pakistan": Asia Bibi's Husband Asks Trump For Refuge
Sri Lanka's ousted PM says US, Japan freeze aid over political crisis
New Caledonia votes to remain French in referendum
Seven dead in attack on bus carrying Egyptian Christians
Prior approval required for bringing medicines to UAE? Ministry clarifies
Israel defends Trump amid synagogue shooting criticism
N Korea readying nuclear site for inspectors: S Korea report
Born in the USA? Trump could soon ensure that's not enough for citizenship
Supporters of former Sri Lanka PM protest against his sacking in Colombo, burn effigies of President Maithripala Sirisena
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
 Vaikom: Playback singer Vaikom Vijayalekshmi has tied knot with Anoop N. at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.  
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
KERALA NEWS
Sabarimala protests: Arrests up to 2061, Kerala HC warns police
 Thiruvananthapuram, OCT 27: As the number of people arrested for allegedly being involved in violent
Vijayan urges UAE Keralites to back salary challenge
Sabarimala row: Protests against SC verdict continue
Balabhaskar's wife Lakshmi shifted to ICU
NATIONAL NEWS
Delhi pollution: Task forces conducts meetings on WhatsApp for urgent decisions
 New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) What happens when air pollution levels in the national capital are 'severe'
PM slams Rahul, Sonia for questioning note ban; need no certificate from those on bail
Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha attacks NDA ally Nitish Kumar amid reports of RLSP MLA joining JD(U)
Mining Baron Janardhana Reddy Remanded in Custody Till November 24 for 'Shielding' Ponzi Scam Accused Father-Son
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2018 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.