The flight had just taken off from the Boufarik military base, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers, for the southwestern military base in Bechar, according to Farouk Achour, spokesman for Algeria's civil protection services.
As a jet comes in for a landing at Scottsdale Airport, authorities park on a golf course near the site of a plane crash that killed several people Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
ALGIERS (Reuters) - More than 250 people were killed when a military plane crashed in a field outside Algeria's capital on Wednesday, state media said, in the country's worst air disaster.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika declared three days of national mourning over the crash starting Wednesday.
An Air Algerie flight crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, almost half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria in July 2014.
NTSB investigators were at the crash site Tuesday examining the burned wreckage next to a tree.
He said the plane was carrying soldiers. One farmer said some passengers jumped out of the aircraft sooner than the crash, in response to the Related Press.
The defence ministry said in a statement that 247 passengers and 10 crew were killed without mentioning any survivors.
"The plane started to rise before falling", one witness told Ennahar TV.
The Ilyushin IL-76 transport plane was bound for Tindouf in southwest Algeria near the borders with Morocco and Western Sahara.
It was scheduled to make a stopover in Tindouf in southern Algeria, home to many refugees from the neighbouring Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco.
The four-engine Il-76 made its maiden voyage in 1997, according to Aviation Safety Network.
The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers. A French investigation into the crash blamed pilot error.
A total of 257 people were killed, majority military, the defence ministry said.
In October the same year, a military plane crashed in the south of the country during a training exercise, killing the two men on board. There was a single survivor in that crash.