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Seventy-eight people were killed when a Moroccan C-130 military aircraft crashed into a mountain in the south of the country last Tuesday, army says.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed near Guelmim, just north of the disputed Western Sahara territory. Officials have blamed the accident on poor weather. The army said three other people were severely wounded in the crash, in what is thought to be one of Morocco’s deadliest air disasters in years.
“Above all, it was the fog and bad weather conditions that are believed to be behind this accident. But for the moment, we don’t have enough information,” AFP news agency quoted an official from the interior ministry as saying.
The C-130 plane was travelling from Dakhla, in the Western Sahara, to Kinitra in northern Morocco. The aircraft was carrying 81 people: nine crew members, 60 troops and 12 civilians.The search team has found forty-two bodies so far.
King Mohammed VI has declared three days of national mourning and ordered that prayers of remembrance be held on Friday in all mosques.
Source: BBC News