At least 78 people have been killed in a Moroccan military aircraft crash into a mountain in the south of the country, the army has said in a statement, according to BBC.

The army said three other people were severely wounded in the crash, in what is thought to be one of Morocco`s deadliest air disasters in years.

The C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed in Guelmine, just north of the disputed Western Sahara territory.

The army blames the accident on poor weather.

The plane was carrying 81 people: nine crew members, 60 troops and 12 civilians.

Forty-two bodies have been found. The search continues for the others.