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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Friday 22 February 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24B
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
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane 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 Mail, 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.

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Distance from Tombouctou Airport to Mopti Airport as the crow flies is 270 km (169 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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