Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 24 July 2014
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operating for:Air Algérie
Leased from:Swiftair
Registration: EC-LTV
C/n / msn: 53190/2148
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:38362
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 110 / Occupants: 110
Total:Fatalities: 116 / Occupants: 116
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Gossi (   Mali) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ouagadougou Airport (OUA/DFFD), Burkina Faso
Destination airport:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 passenger plane, operating on a flight for Air Algérie, crashed in the area of Gossi, Mali. All 116 died in the accident.
Flight AH5017 departed Ouagadougou Airport (OUA), Burkina Faso at 01:17 UTC (and local time). It was expected to arrive at Algiers, Algeria at 05:10 UTC.
The cruising altitude of FL310 was reached at 01:37. At FL310, the aircraft flew at a cruising speed of about 280kts.
About two minutes after the start of the cruise, while remaining at FL310, the speed gradually began to decrease as the plane was navigated around a storm cell. The plane began to descend gradually and speed continued to decrease to about 160kts.
Then the airplane began a left descending turn, quickly losing altitude. The last recorded data by the FDR was at 01:47:15 at an altitude of 1600ft, a speed of about 380kts.
The airplane had been leased from Spanish airline Swiftair for the Summer season.

» Swiftair statement

METAR Weather report:
01:00 UTC / 01:00 local time:
DFFD 240100Z 23008KT 9999 FEW020 BKN100 26/23 Q1015 NOSIG

02:00 UTC / 02:00 local time:
DFFD 240200Z 22006KT 9999 TS FEW020 FEW033CB BKN100 25/23 Q1014 TEMPO 4000 TSRA
Wind 220 degrees at 6 knots; Visibility 10+ km; Thunderstorm; few clouds at 2000 feet AGL few CB clouds at 3300 feet AGL; broken clouds at 10000 feet AGL; Temperature 25°C; Dewpoint: 23°C; Pressure 1014 mb

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Commission d’Enquete sur les Accidents et Incidents d’Aviation Civile - Mali
report status: Interim
report number: Interim report
report released:20-SEP-2014
duration of investigation:58 days (1.9 months)
download report: Accident on 24 July 2014 in the region of Gossi in Mali to the MD-83 registered EC-LTV operated by Swiftair S.A. (CEAIAC Interim report)


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EC-LTV operating on Air Algérie flight 1021 to Algiers
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
June 1996 SU-ZCA McDonnell Douglas first flight
23 August 1996 SU-ZCA Heliopolis Airlines delivered
9 December 1997 N190AN AWAS
13 February 1998 HK-4137X Avianca registered
17 August 2000 N190AN Avianca re-registered
30 June 2004 N190AN Avianca Main gear tire tread separated on takeoff; loss of power on left engine; returned to land
10 December 2004 N190AN Avianca Contained left engine failure during climb at 15.000 feet due to T3/T4 blade failure
22 December 2006 N190AN AWAS returned
19 January 2007 LV-BHN Austral Líneas Aéreas delivered
15 May 2008 LV-BHN Austral Líneas Aéreas stored
28 August 2008 LV-BHN Austral Líneas Aéreas returned to service
01 February 2012 LV-BHN Austral Líneas Aéreas stored
30 March 2012 N190AN AWAS returned
24 October 2012 EC-LTV Swiftair bought (remained stored)
04 December 2012 EC-LTV Swiftair ferry flight to new storage location
01 January 2013 EC-LTV Swiftair ferry flight to new storage location
27 February 2013 EC-LTV Swiftair Issue of registration certificate; operated flights for a.o. CCM, Vueling, Jetairfly, RAM and others
20 June 2014 EC-LTV Swiftair ACMI charter to Air Algérie

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ouagadougou Airport to Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport as the crow flies is 2732 km (1708 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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