Co-pilot in Algeria's worst aviation disaster come home

Co-pilot in Algeria's worst aviation disaster come home
In this image from Algerian TV agency Ennahar TV, bodies are gathered near scene of a fatal military plane crash at Boufarik military air base near the Algerian capital, Algiers, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing more than 250 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's worst-ever plane crash. (Ennahar TV via AP)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The body of the co-pilot of the Algerian military transport plane that crashed, killing 257 people, has arrived in a flag-draped coffin at his family’s home, a day after the nation’s worst aviation disaster.

Private TV station En Nahar showed firefighters Thursday carrying the casket of Rabia Seddiki to the home where he was born 41 years ago in a working-class suburb east of Algiers.

Seddiki’s father said his son had been a pilot for 15 years, beginning his training at military aviation school, and “he dies a martyr.”

Bodies from the crash in Boufarik, south of Algiers, were being identified at the capital’s military hospital before burial.