37 Years ago today: On 22 February 1985 an Air Mali Antonov 24 crashed near Tombouctou; killing 50 out of 51 occupants.
|Date:||Friday 22 February 1985|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 46|
|Total:||Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 52|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||ca 3 km from Tombouctou Airport (TOM) ( Mali)|
|Phase:||Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Tombouctou Airport (TOM/GATB), Mali|
|Destination airport:||Mopti Airport (MZI/GAMB), Mali|
An Antonov 24B passenger plane, operated by Air Mali, was destroyed in an accident near Tombouctou Airport (TOM), Mali. There were 46 passengers and six crew members on board. One passenger survived the accident.
The airplane operated on a flight from Gao Airport (GAQ) to Bamako Airport (BKO) with en route stops at Tombouctou and Mopti Airport (MZI).
An engine failure after takeoff from Tombouctou, forced the crew to return. The aircraft crashed before being able to reach the airport.