An Algerian military plane has crashed near an airport outside the capital, Algiers killing over 100 military personnel.

The aircraft is an Ilyushin II-76, and can carry around 120 passengers.

It came down near Boufarik airport, local Television station, Algerie24 reports.

Television footage showed black smoke billowing near a motorway and a crowd of security officials and others standing in a field next to the crash site.

The tail fin of a plane could be seen above olive trees, with smoke and flames rising from the wreckage.