An Ilyushin Il-76 ‘Candid’ airlifter operated by the Algerian Air Force crashed on 11 April, reportedly with the loss of scores of personnel on board.
The Russian-built transport aircraft came down for an undisclosed reason shortly after departing its home base at Boufarik. Early media reports put the number of deaths at between 100 and 200.
Prior to this incident, Algeria fielded three Il-76MD and nine Il-76TD-variant aircraft that it acquired in 1989 and 1993 respectively. It is not known which type was involved in this incident. The Il-76 is traditionally employed as a cargo airlifter, and while it is able to seat up to 140 troops in place of freight more can be accommodated if required.
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