More than 100 killed in Algeria plane crash: state radio

Rescuers gather around the wreckage of an Algerian army plane which crashed near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off

The cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, according to a defence ministry statement.

The aircraft is an Ilyushin II-76, the military source told AFP, asking not to be named.

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The National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene of the crash and is investigating.

Mohammed Achour, chief spokesman for the civil protection agency, said: "There are more than 100 deaths".

The plane crashed at a golf course outside of Phoenix, but there were no reports of injuries to people on the ground.

Three of the six people who passed away after a plane crashed at the TPC Golf Course in Scottsdale on Monday night have been identified. However, there were several witnesses who watched the fiery crash play out. Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash.

A military plane, carrying 200 passengers onboard, crashed Wednesday in Boufarik, a town in Blida Province, Algeria.

The crashed plane is reported to have been either an II-76 or II-78 model, aircraft which were originally developed by the Soviet Union and later Russian Federation.

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