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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Military transport aircraft crashes in Morocco killing 78 - 26th July 2011

A military transport plane flying in bad weather has crashed into a mountain in Morocco killing 78 people.

It is the country's worst ever air disaster.

The C-130 aircraft had been carrying 60 members of the military, 12 civilians and nine crew when it crashed in mountains north-east of Guelmim this morning.

Officials say the crash in the disputed Western Sahara region of the country was the deadliest in years.

Information Minister Khaled Naciri said the military believes 78 were killed but that searches are ongoing for all the bodies.

The MAP news agency said all three survivors were seriously injured.

MAP said the plane crashed around 9am local time, seven miles north-east of Guelmim in southern Morocco, as it prepared to land at the Guelmim military air base.

MAP said the crash was 'due to bad weather conditions,' without elaborating further.

Naciri said the plane was en route from Dakhla, in the disputed Western Sahara, to Kinitra in northern Morocco, and making a stop in Guelmim.

Officials at the military hospital in Guelmim could not be reached.

Guelmim is more than 360 miles south-west of the capital Rabat, just north of the Western Sahara and a few dozen miles from the Atlantic Coast. Read More