A UTair Cargo Russian made Antonov An-72 aircraft chartered by the United Nations was involved in a runway excursion in Gao in Mali.
Arriving from Mali’s capital Bamako the aircraft with 11 people on board, four passengers and seven crew was involved in a runway excursion upon landing in a rainstorm. According to eye witness records, the aircraft performed an emergency landing and went off the runway.
The United Nations said there were no casualties and only one person was injured and the aircraft suffered extensive damaged. Investigations into events leading to the accident will be lodged.
In a statement said by the United Nations, the agency said, “This Monday, August 3, 2020 at around 10:15 a.m., The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) plane from Bamako with eleven (11) people (four passengers, all United Nations personnel and seven crew members) on board, made a difficult landing at Gao airport.”
“An investigation will be ordered as soon as possible to determine the cause of this incident. A rapid reaction force consisting of the MINUSMA Force and Police was dispatched to the scene”.
MINUSMA added, “According to an initial assessment, one (1) member of the crew was seriously injured and ten (10) people slightly. The aircraft suffered extensive damage. The wounded were immediately evacuated to the medical structures of the International Forces and MINUSMA to receive adequate treatment”.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif wishes speedy recovery to the injured,” the statement ended.
The 26-year-old aircraft registered RA-74044 has been operating in Mali under charter from the United Nations.
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