Seventy-eight reported dead in Moroccan plane crash

Arab World Materials 26 July 2011 18:19 (UTC +04:00)

Seventy-eight people were killed Tuesday when a military plane crashed in southern Morocco, two internet news websites and radio reports said, dpa reported.

Three people were injured, according to the websites goud.ma y lakome.com.

There was no official confirmation for the number of victims.

The C-130 transport plane reportedly carried 70 army members and several civilians.

The plane was believed to have hit a mountain about 8 kilometres from Guelmim, when it was preparing to land.

It was en route from Dakhla in the Sahara to Kenitra near the capital Rabat. It made a stopover in the Western Saharan capital Laayoune, and was due to make another in Guelmim.

Dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the area, witnesses said.

The army opened an investigation into the accident.