Algeria: The Algerian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that the crew of a helicopter, consisting of three people, had been killed when their plane crashed during a “training mission” in the wilaya of Ain Defla, about 200 km south-west of the capital.
The Ministry of Defense said in a statement broadcast on entv television, “Following a scheduled training mission, an MI-171 helicopter crashed this evening (Monday) in the outskirts of Al- Ataf in the wilaya of Ain Defla, because this painful accident resulted in the death of the crew of the helicopter. »
The statement said the victims were “Colonel Manari Mourad, Commander Dahmani Mousa Mohammad and Sergeant Chabua Osama”.
He added that the army chief of staff, army general Said Chenegriha, “has ordered an investigation into the causes and circumstances of this incident”.
There have been several air accidents involving helicopters and civil and military aircraft in recent years in Algeria, the last of which was in March when a pilot was killed after his MiG-29 fighter plane crashed in Oran, in the west of the country.
In December 2020, three Algerian naval officers were killed in a helicopter crash off Tipaza, near Algiers.
In January of the same year, a military fighter plane crashed during a night training flight in the east of the country, killing its two pilots.
Two military helicopter crashes in May and June 2017 killed five people.
The worst recent air disaster dates back to April 2018, when a Russian Ilyushin-76 military transport plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Boufarik base in southern Algiers, killing 257 people, most of them military and members of their families.