(Last Updated On: July 8, 2018)
C-130 Mishap at Biskra Airport, Algeria
On 3rd June 2018, eight crew members of the Algerian Air Force were severely injured after a C-130 aircraft (7T-WHT) executed a runway excursion after failing to stop prior to the runway threshold at at Biskra Airport. This was reported by Algerian private news channels namely Ennahar and Dzair.
The News clip showed images of the C-130 Crash site of the mishap plane, the rear fuselage of which was completely detached from the main fuselage section. cut in half near the airport. The Biskra Airfield is located approximately 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Algiers, the capital. The aircraft was identified to be Algerian Air Force C-130H aircraft model, Serial Number 7T-WHT.
Major Air Crashes for Algerian Air Force in 2018
The year 2018 has been a devastating year for the Algerian Air Force, where already two major aircraft crashes have taken place this year, with the last one in April, after an IL-76 belonging to the Algerian Air Force took-off from the air base of Boufarik, located South of Algiers, and immediately crashing a few moments later killing all 257 manifested crew and passengers onboard.
It was reported that the mishap plane, a Russian made Ilyushin IL-76, was traveling to Bechar city after taking-off from Tindouf, an airfield located approximately in South-West of Algeria.
Accident Investigation findings of the previous major crash have yet not been made public, however, the unprecedented loss of 257 souls on board has been devastating for the country and the Algerian Air Force. Prior to the large scale crash of Algerian IL-76, it was Malaysian Air MH-17 flight that made headlines in July 2014, when all 298 people lost their lives when the commercial aircraft was hit with a missile over eastern Ukraine. The Algerian IL-76 mishap also stands as the second-deadliest plane crash since the year 2003.