Moroccan Military Plane Hits Mountain, 78 Killed

Morocco says that 78 people were killed when a Moroccan military transport plane crashed into a mountain on Tuesday.The state-run MAP news agency says the crash occurred as the pilot was preparing to land in bad weather at a military airport near the southern town of Guelmim.

It says three people survived the crash but have serious injuries.The government says the C-130 military aircraft carried 60 soldiers, 12 civilians and 9 crew members.The plane was flying north from the disputed Western Sahara.The crash is Morocco’s worst aviation disaster in decades.  King Mohammed released a statement extending his condolences to the families of the  victims. – Voanews