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Last updated: 12 July 2020
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 12 July 2012
Time:07:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic Y12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Harbin Yunshuji Y-12 II
Operator:Force Aérienne de la République Islamique de Mauritanie
Registration: 5T-MAE
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Nouakchott Airport (NKC) (   Mauritania)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nouakchott Airport (NKC/GQNN), Mauritania
Destination airport:Tasiast Gold Mine Airstrip, Mauritania
Narrative:
A Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II transport plane was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Nouakchott Airport (NKC), Mauritania. All seven occupants were killed.
The airplane was operated by the Mauritanian Air Force on a flight on behalf of the Kinross Gold Corporation. It was heading for the Tasiast gold mine to bring gold back from the mine to Nouakchott. Kinross reported that two pilots, two Mauritanian customs officials, and three contract security personnel were on board.

Sources:
» AMI
» Scramble 407


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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 Nouakchott Airport to Tasiast Gold Mine Airstrip as the crow flies is 279 km (174 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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