According to media reports, the deadliest plane crash in the history of Morocco occurred due to bad weather. The Moroccan Information Minister Khaled Naciri said that the military believes 78 were killed but that searches are ongoing for all the bodies.
Naciri also added that the plane was en route from Dakhla, in the disputed Western Sahara, to Kinitra in northern Morocco, and making a stop in Guelmim.
The Hercules C-130 aircraft crashed into a mountain 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of Guelmim, located about 830 kilometres (215 miles) south of Rabat, an Moroccan military statement said.
"This is a military plane that is used for the transport of troops, but also of their families. It is widely used in the Sahara," an interior ministry official added.