Thursday, 28 March 2013
Military plane crashes
A Brazilian-made EMB-314 Super Tucano military aircraft crashed about 7km south of Aoujeft (c. 300 miles NE of Nouakchott) on the Adrar plateau at 10:50 on 18 March. The plane, which was at first reported to have been on a training mission, was actually on a test flight after undergoing maintenance.
The plane had two people on board. Captain Ahmed Taleb Ould Aheimed, who was piloting the aircraft, survived with only slight injuries. The mechanic, Sergeant Boubacar M'Bodj, was killed.
With French assistance, the Mauritanian army had established a training centre for pilots and technicians at Atar more than two years ago in order to respond to the AQIM terrorist attacks that had begun on the country in 2005. A military source indicated that the crash was the result of a “technical failure”, although an enquiry is being held.
This is the second military plane to crash in less than 12 months. In July 2012, a military plane crashed on the tarmac of Nouakchott airport, killing eight people.
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