Morocco Plane Crash Kills 78

Three survivors reported as military plane goes down in bad weather
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 26, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
The national flag of Morocco flies as people gather for a demonstration by the 20th February movement in Marrakesh on May 8, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A C-130 military transport plane crashed into a Moroccan mountain in bad weather today, killing 78 people, says the state news agency. It reports there are three survivors. The crash in a southern region close to the disputed Western Sahara is this country's deadliest in years. Information Minister Khaled Naciri says that the military believes 78 were killed, but that searches are ongoing for all the bodies.

The MAP news agency says all three survivors were seriously injured. It reports that the plane was carrying 60 members of the military, 12 civilians, and nine crew members. Citing a Royal Armed Forces statement, the report says 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.

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