Date & Time: Feb 11, 2014 at 1138 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Operator:
Registration:
7T-WHM
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tamanrasset – Constantine
MSN:
4919
YOM:
0
Country:
Algeria
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
73
Pax fatalities:
72
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
76
Circumstances:
Aircraft was on its way from Tamanrasset to Constantine with soldiers family members on board. When crew started the descent to Constantine-Mohamed Boudiaf Airport's runway 34, weather conditions were marginal with wind gusting to 28 knots and poor visibility in light snow falls. Aircraft was too low on approach and hit the slope of mount Djebel Ta Fertas located near Aïn Kercha, some 30 km south of Constantine Airport. A passenger was rescued and evacuated on local hospital while all 76 other occupants were killed.