36 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
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:Air Mali
Registration:TZ-ACT
C/n / msn:87304104
First flight:1968
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 52
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
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

Narrative:
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.