Moroccan military: Plane crash death toll rises to 78

By REUTERS
July 26, 2011 16:14

RABAT - At least 78 people were killed on Tuesday when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain in the south of the country during bad weather, the military said in a statement carried by the state news agency.

The military said there were three injured survivors so far from the crash, which happened when a C-130 Hercules aircraft was trying to land in Guelmim, having flown north from the disputed Western Sahara territory.

A resident in the area told Reuters there was thick fog in the area at the time of the crash, which occurred at 9 a.m.(0800 GMT) some 730 km (450 miles) south of Rabat.

"The crash, due to bad weather conditions, caused 78 deaths and (left) three seriously wounded", Morocco's Royal Armed Forces said in a statement carried on the official MAP news agency.


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