A military plane carrying nearly 200 soldiers crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik base in Algeria, local media reports.
Algerian state news agency said the Soviet-designed Il-76 plane was headed for Bechar in southwest Algeria.
Emergency services have been dispatched to the site of the crash. . Boufarik is located in northern Algeria, near the Mediterranean sea, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the capital, Algiers.
Images posted by an Algerian website showed thick smoke coming out from the site where the plane, a Ilyushin Il-78, crashed.