A military plane crashed in a residential area west of Algiers on Monday, killing at least eight people, national Algerian radio reported.

The C-130 Hercules (search) transport plane crashed in Beni Mered, near the Boufarik military airport, 25 miles west of the capital. Among the dead were four crew members, the report said, citing unidentified official sources.

Police and rescuers rushed to the scene and evacuated the injured to regional hospitals.

In March, an Air Algerie (search) passenger jet crashed and killed 102 people in the Sahara Desert. The crash was the state-run airline's first since its founding in 1953, and a lack of experience in coping with accidents hampered rescue efforts.