Algiers - The head of Algeria's civil defence says recovery operations for a military transport that crashed on Tuesday are complete despite the difficult conditions.
The C-130 transport crashed on Tuesday into Mount Fortas in eastern Algeria, about 500km from the capital, killing 77 people on board, including three women and a girl, according to the defence ministry.
The sole survivor is a 21-year-old soldier who is in a coma after sustaining head injuries.
Colonel Mohammed Lehbiri told state radio on Thursday that all the bodies were recovered at an altitude of 1 500 metres with snow on the ground.
When questioned over why civil defence had given a lower toll than the military with 76 dead, Lehbiri said it was "indecent" to quibble over numbers.