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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

AIRCRASH: Morocco plane crash kills 78!

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By HASSAN ALAOUI, Associated Press – 4 hours ago 

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A C-130 military transport plane crashed into a Moroccan mountain Tuesday in bad weather, killing 78 people, the state news agency said. It said there were three survivors.
The crash in a southern region close to the disputed Western Sahara was this country's deadliest in years.
Information Minister Khaled Naciri told The Associated Press that the military believes 78 were killed but that searches are ongoing for all the bodies.
The MAP news agency said all three survivors were seriously injured. It said the plane was carrying 60 members of the military, 12 civilians and nine crew members.
Citing a Royal Armed Forces statement, the report said that the remains of only 42 people have been found so far. It was not immediately clear how the military determined that 78 were killed.
MAP said the plane crashed around 9 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) 10 kilometers (six miles) northeast of Guelmim in southern Morocco, as it prepared to land at the Guelmim military air base.
MAP said the crash was "due to bad weather conditions," without elaborating.


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