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One Survivor From Algerian Plane Crash; 77 Killed

Plane crash in Algeria
Plane crash in Algeria
VOA News
Algerian state television says 77 people died when a military plane slammed into a mountain near the northern city of Constantine Tuesday.  

Algeria's Defense Ministry said one person survived the crash and was undergoing treatment at a regional military hospital.  

In a follow-up statement, the military said it had accounted for all 74 passengers and four crew - far fewer than the 103 people earlier reported to have been on board the doomed C-130 transport.

There was no immediate explanation provided for the discrepancy.

Official Algerian media linked the crash to bad weather, including snow and gale-force winds, and said President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared a three-day period of national mourning.  

The reports say the flight originated in the southern province of Tamanrasset.

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