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AUC Chairperson expresses shock, sorrow at Algerian plane crash

Algerian plane crash - Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed shock and sorrow at Tuesday's crash of an Algerian military plane that left 77 people dead.

'On behalf of the African Union and the rest of the continent, the Chairperson conveys her sincere condolences to the families of the victims, President Abddelaziz Bouteflika and the people of Algeria,' Spokesman to the Chairperson Jacob Eben said in a statement Wednesday.

PANA reports that Algeria Wednesday kick-started a three-day national mourning for the victims of the crash that occurred in the country's North-east.

Only one soldier survived when the C-130 Hercules plane that was carrying military personnel and their families went down in bad weather.

The defence ministry, which has launched an investigation into the crash, said in a statement that the plane crashed in 'very bad weather conditions'.

Pana 13/02/2014