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Moroccan Military Plane Hits Mountain, 78 Killed


A view of the wreckage of a military transport plane after it crashed near Goulmim in southern Morocco, July 26, 2011

A view of the wreckage of a military transport plane after it crashed near Goulmim in southern Morocco, July 26, 2011

Morocco says that 78 people were killed when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain on Tuesday.

The state-run MAP news agency says the crash occurred as the pilot was preparing to land in bad weather at a military airport near the southern town of Guelmim.

It says three people survived the crash but have serious injuries.

The government says the C-130 military aircraft carried 60 soldiers, 12 civilians and 9 crew members.

The plane was flying north from the disputed Western Sahara.

The crash is Morocco's worst aviation disaster in decades. King Mohammed released a statement extending his condolences to the families of the victims.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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