Algeria: horrific military air crash kills 257 people.

Algérie : 257 personnes sont mortes dans le crash d’un avion militaire, selon le premier bilan officiel

L’appareil s’est écrasé peu après son décollage près de la base aérienne de Boufarik, à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud d’Alger.

The aircraft crashed just after take-off from the Boufarik aircraft base, some thirty kilometers south of Algiers.

Les images de la télévision algérienne montre le crash d\'un avion militaire, le 11 avril 2018 à quelques kilomètres au sud d\'Alger (Algérie).

Les images de la télévision algérienne montre le crash d’un avion militaire, le 11 avril 2018 à quelques kilomètres au sud d’Alger (Algérie). (MARINA PASSOS / ENNAHAR TV). Algerian TV images of the crash site.

Le bilan est très lourd : 257 personnes sont mortes dans le crash d’un avion militaire algérien de transport, mercredi 11 avril, selon un premier bilan établi par les autorités. L’appareil, dont la destination était Tindouf dans le sud-ouest du pays, s’est écrasé dans un champ dans le périmètre de la base de Boufarik, dans la région de Blida, a précisé le ministère de la Défense.

The figure shows very heavy losses: 257 people dead in the Algerian military transport aircraft crash, on Wednesday 11 April, according to the initial figures established by the authorities. The aircraft, destination Tindouf, in the south west of the country, crashed in a field at the perimeter of the Boufarik military base, in the Blida region, said the ministry of Defence.  

L’appareil militaire, un Iliouchine 76 russe, s’est écrasé dans un champ agricole, peu après son décollage de la base aérienne de Boufarik. Une vidéo tournée par un automobiliste montre une fumée noire s’élever au-dessus d’un champ d’oliviers. Sur d’autres images, retransmises par une chaîne algérienne, on voit une foule de badauds et de responsables de la sécurité se tenant dans un pré aux alentours du site du crash. On aperçoit l’arrière d’un appareil en feu.

The military aircraft, a Russian Illushian 76 crashed into a gfield just after take-off from the Boufarik military air base. A video taken by a passing motorist shows black smoke rising  above a field of olives. In other images re-transmitted on algerian TV one sees a crowd of on-lookers and security personnel surrounding the crash site. The rear of the aircraft is ablaze.

Le vice-ministre de la Défense nationale a interrompu une visite d’inspection et s’est immédiatement déplacé sur les lieux, ajoute le ministère algérien, afin de “prendre les mesures nécessaires dans de pareilles situations”. Il a ordonné la désignation immédiate d’une commission d’enquête afin de déterminer les circonstances de l’accident.
The minister of defence cut short another engagement and went immediately to the crash site. He said a commission of investigation will be set up to determine the cause of the air accident.

About bill

Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer. The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013. Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI. Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug 2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website. But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien. The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50. Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea. Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.
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