Narrative:An Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport plane crashed in a mountainous area near Aïn Kercha, about 30 km south of Constantine Airport, Algeria.
There were 77 persons on board, according to Algerian military sources. One person survived the accident. The airplane carried military families on a flight from Tamanrasset to Constantine. An en route stop was made at Ouargla.
The accident location would suggest that the airplane was flying an ILS approach to runway 34 at Constantine Airport. The accident location was at about 16 DME. A Category C or D ILS-approach should be initiated from an altitude of 6730 feet at 12,5 DME, according to approach charts.
» Algeria National Defense Ministry
» El Watan
METAR Weather report:
10:00 UTC / 11:00 local time: DABC 111000Z 28010KT 8000 -RA SCT020 FEW023CB BKN026 04/03 Q1015
10:30 UTC / 11:30 local time: DABC 111030Z 29012G22KT 8000 -RA SCT020 FEW023CB BKN026 05/03 Q1015
11:00 UTC / 12:00 local time: DABC 111100Z 30017G28KT 8000 FEW010 FEW023CB BKN026 05/03 Q1015
11:00Z: Wind 300 degrees, 17 knots, gusting to 28 knots; Visibility: 8 km; few clouds at 1000 feet, few Cumulonimbus clouds at 2300 feet, broken clouds at 2600 feet; Temperature: 5°C, Dew point: 3°C.
11:30 UTC / 12:30 local time: DABC 111130Z 30019KT 8000 FEW010 FEW023CB BKN026 08/05 Q1015
12:00 UTC / 13:00 local time: DABC 111200Z 31017G27KT 8000 FEW013 FEW023CB BKN026 07/03 Q1015
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ouargla-Ain Beida Airport to Constantine-Mohamed Boudiaf International Airport as the crow flies is 494 km (309 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.