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Hull-loss description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 5 November 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-230F
Operator:Africa Air Assistance
Registration: J5-GCU
C/n / msn: 21619/1407
First flight: 1978-03-03 (31 years 9 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sinkrebaka (   Mali)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that the wreckage of a burnt out Boeing 727 airplane was found on an illegal desert airstrip 200 km North of Gao, Mali. The airplane had arrived from Venezuela carrying a cargo of drugs. The airplane was set afire and burned out.

Sources:
» Maliweb.net
» RFI
» Three arrested over suspected Mali drugs plane (AFP, 23-11-2009)
» The Guardian: US embassy cables: Three-week delay for Mali 'drug plane' crash investigation


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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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