A military aircraft of Ilyushin type crashed on Wednesday morning near the Boufarik Air Base (Blida), military sources said.

This Crash killed 257 people, including ten crew members, said a provisional toll reported by the National Defence Ministry (MDN).

Most of the martyrs, victims of the tragic accident are members of the People’s National Army (ANP) as well as members of their families, the source added.

The Ilyushin plane of the Algerian Air Force, which flied from Boufarik military airport to Tindouf and Béchar (in the South of Algeria) crashed at 7:50 a.m. near the air base of Boufarik, on uninhabited agricultural field.