Algeria: Plane crash recovery operations over

2014-02-13 14:36
Algerian forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a C-130 Hercules aircraft at site of the aftermath of a crash in Mount Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region, about 320km from the Algerian capital Algiers. (Farouk Batiche, AFP)

Algerian forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a C-130 Hercules aircraft at site of the aftermath of a crash in Mount Fertas in the Oum El Bouaghi region, about 320km from the Algerian capital Algiers. (Farouk Batiche, AFP)

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Algiers - The head of Algeria's civil defence says recovery operations for a military transport that crashed on Tuesday are complete despite the difficult conditions.

The C-130 transport crashed on Tuesday into Mount Fortas in eastern Algeria, about 500km from the capital, killing 77 people on board, including three women and a girl, according to the defence ministry.

The sole survivor is a 21-year-old soldier who is in a coma after sustaining head injuries.

Colonel Mohammed Lehbiri told state radio on Thursday that all the bodies were recovered at an altitude of 1 500 metres with snow on the ground.

When questioned over why civil defence had given a lower toll than the military with 76 dead, Lehbiri said it was "indecent" to quibble over numbers.

- AP
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