A Hercules C-130 military plane crashed in a mountainous region of Algeria and initially there were fears that more than 100 people have been killed.
71 bodies were quickly recovered from the wreckage. The death toll includes women and children, military family members. One survivor has been located raising hopes that others may be found.
The plane which was en route to Constantine crashed in a mountainous area of Oum al-Bouaghi province. 99 passengers and four crew were reportedly on board but late in the day that figure was revised down. Less people were on board but still 77 died in the crash.
According to the BBC the plane "crashed into Djebel Fertas mountain, some 380km (240 miles) east of the capital Algiers, senior military official Col Lahmadi Bouguern was quoted as saying on state media. He said bad weather and gusty winds were the probable cause of the crash."
The crash is Algeria's worse for ten years, when an "Air Algerie Boeing 737 crashed on take-off from Tamanrasset in 2003, killing all but one of the 103 people on board."
The search and rescue operation continues.
There will be an investigation into the cause of the crash.