Algeria Plane Crash Kills 77 Amid Stormy Weather

By Kristen Rodman, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 11, 2014; 9:39 PM ET
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An Algerian military transport plane is pictured after it slammed into a mountain in the country’s rugged eastern region, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. A civil defense official said 102 people on board were killed but one person managed to survive. ( AP Photo/ Mohamed Ali)

A military plane crashed in eastern Algeria Tuesday afternoon local time, Feb. 11, 2014, killing 77 people.

Traveling from Ouargla to Constantine, the plane crashed in the mountains of the Oum al-Bouaghi province, a few hundred miles from the capital of the country, according to Reuters.

The flight's sole survivor is now being treated at a local military hospital in Algiers, according to the Associated Press.

At the time of the crash, an area of low pressure moving through the region was producing widespread showers mixed with snow in the higher terrain of the area.

"Along with the rain and snow, wind gusts more than 30 mph were reported in several locations in the region," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

According to Reuters, the plane was transporting family members of the armed forces. With the death toll mounting, this could be the worst crash in Algeria since 2003, Reuters reports.

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Weather conditions should remain dry into Friday, aiding cleanup efforts.

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