Algiers, Apr 11: A military plane has crashed near the military base of Boufarik in Algeria. The plane, an Ilyushin Il-78, was reportedly carrying more than 100 military personnel. All people on board are feared dead. A BBC report said more than 200 people were on board when the plane crashed. Confirming the number, Algerian emergency services said that 181 are dead in the military aircraft crash near capital.

The Boufarik airport is a base for Algeria’s air force. Visuals showed thick smoke billowing from the site of the crash. At least 14 ambulances were at the scene and injured people were being rushed to hospital. The plane crashed after the take-off. The reason behind the crash was not immediately known.

The plane was headed for Bechar in south-western Algeria, reported the Algerie Presse service agency. The exact death toll was not immediately available. A similar accident took place Four years ago when a plane carrying military personnel and family members crashed in Algeria, killing 77 people.