Around 100 people died Tuesday when a military transport aircraft crashed in Algeria's worst military aviation accident since the country became independent in 1962.

About midday, a Hercules C-130 troop transport crashed in a remote mountainous zone 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Constantine, eastern Algeria's largest city.

While some media outlets mentioned death tolls topping 120, Algerian National Radio spoke about 99 fatalities and emergency services officials reported that one person had survived the accident and that 77 bodies had been recovered.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry limited itself to confirming the crash and suggesting that bad weather was to blame.

The ministry statement said that the deputy defense minister, Gen. Ahmed Gaid Saleh, will travel to the site of the accident.

On board the plane were soldiers and some of their family members, including many children, La Watan newspaper said.

In November 2012, six people died when another Algerian troop transport aircraft crashed in the southern French region of Lozere.

One must go back to March 6, 2003, when an Air Algerie jetliner crashed in the province of Tamanraset killing 102 people, to find an Algerian air disaster of similar magnitude. EFE