An Algerian military transport plane headed to the eastern Algerian city of Constantine, crashed into mountains Tuesday. The plane was found in the Oum al-Bouaghi province, just 30 miles from its destination.
"The plane crashed into a mountain and exploded. Several bodies were burnt to ashes and could not be identified," a local official told Reuters.
Commander Farid Nechad, the recovery coordinator at the accident, told The Associated Press that while 103 individuals were on the plane, only 55 bodies had been found. Nechad also said a sole survivor had been found and admitted to a hospital in Constantine.
Col. Lahmadi Bouguern told the APS state news that an official death toll has “yet to be determined.”
According to a state-run news bureau the plane departed from the city of Tamanrasset, in the Sahara Desert.
"Unfavorable weather conditions and storms accompanied by snow in the region were behind the crash," the Algerian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The Hercules C-130 was carrying 99 passengers consisting mainly of soldiers and their families, with four crew members.
This plane crash has been deemed to be the worst crash in Algeria since 2003, when a commercial airplane crashed during takeoff, killing 102 people, the BBC reported.