At least 1 survivor emerges from Algeria military plane crash

The military transport aircraft had been carrying military personnel and their families when it crashed in Oum El Bouaghi province, the source said.

The military transport aircraft had been carrying military personnel and their families when it crashed in Oum El Bouaghi province, the source said.

By Abdel-Razeq bin Abdullah

ALGIERS - One survivor has been found in the wreckage of a military plane that crashed in eastern Algeria on Tuesday, a military source said.

"One survivor was found and 52 confirmed dead," the source was quoted as saying by Algeria`s official news agency.

According to the source, a total of 77 people had been aboard the plane when it fell to earth in the Oum El Bouaghi province.

A military source had earlier said that 103 people aboard the plane had been killed in the crash.

The Algerian Defense Ministry blamed the crash on "bad weather."

In a statement, the ministry said the incident "may have been caused by bad weather conditions and falling snow."

The Defense Ministry added that a fact-finding commission had been dispatched to the scene to determine the cause of the crash.

The ministry, however, provided no details as to the number of victims.

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