2 killed in military helicopter crash western Algeria

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-21 15:16:40|Editor: xuxin
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ALGIERS, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Two people were killed on Wednesday night when a helicopter belonging to the Algerian air forces crashed in the western province of Tiaret, local media reported.

According to Echorouk News television channel, the helicopter crashed in remote wooden area in the locality of Rechaiga, in Tiaret province, some 220 km south-west of the capital Algiers.

Ambulances and Gendarmerie patrols rushed to the spot, the source added, without providing further details.

Defense Ministry has not issued any official statement on this tragic accident.

Several crashes of military aircrafts were reported in recent years. The latest and worst air disaster in the history of Algeria dates back to April 2018, as 257 people were killed in the crash of Ilyushin I-76 military airplane moments after taking off from Boufarik military airport, 30 km south-west of Algiers.

The majority of the victims were soldiers and members of their families, according to Defense Ministry.

In June 2017, one army troop died when a military helicopter crashed in the province of Naama, 700 km south-west of Algiers.

In May 2017, three troops were killed in the northern province of Tipaza when their military helicopter crashed.

In Feb. 2014, 77 troops were killed when a C-130 Hercules aircraft belonging to the Algerian Air Force crashed in Oum El Bouaghi province, 400 km eastern Algiers.

In March 2016, 12 troops were killed and two others were injured in the southern locality of Reggane when their helicopter crashed.

In April 2015, a helicopter crashed in the southernmost province of Illizi, killing two soldiers.

In Nov. 2014, an air force MIG-25 'Foxbat' fighter also crashed, but the pilot managed to eject himself out of the plane before the crash.

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