'He dies a martyr,' says father of co-pilot killed in Algeria's worst aviation disaster

2018-04-12 17:03
A grab from a video brodcast by Algeria's Ennahar satellite television channel shows the scene of the crash of a transport plane, carrying around 100 Algerian army personnel on board. (AFP)

A grab from a video brodcast by Algeria's Ennahar satellite television channel shows the scene of the crash of a transport plane, carrying around 100 Algerian army personnel on board. (AFP)

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The body of the co-pilot of the Algerian military transport plane that crashed, killing 257 people, has arrived in a flag-draped coffin at his family's home, a day after the nation's worst aviation disaster.

Private TV station En Nahar showed firefighters on Thursday carrying the casket of Rabia Seddiki to the home where he was born 41 years ago in a working-class suburb east of Algiers.

Seddiki's father said his son had been a pilot for 15 years, beginning his training at military aviation school, and "he dies a martyr."

Bodies from the crash in Boufarik, south of Algiers, were being identified at the capital's military hospital before burial.

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