Rabat, July 27, 2011 (SPS) - In one of the worst air disasters in Moroccan history, a military transport plane crashed into a mountain on Tuesday morning in the southern region of the country killing at least 78 people, international media reported Tuesday.
The Hercules C-130, a turbo-prop military transport plane made in the United States, was carrying 12 civilians, 9 crew members, and 60 members of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces.
The plane was only six miles away from its designated landing base in the remote mountainous area of Guelmim located about 515 miles south of the capital of Rabat.
The plane was making a stop-over in Guelmim as part of its route from the occupied Western Saharan city of Dakhla to the northern Moroccan city of Kenitra. (SPS)