Date & Time: Jul 12, 2012 at 0745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Harbin Yunsunji Y-12
Registration:
5T-MAE
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Positioning
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nouakchott - Tasiast
Country:
Mauritania
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
5
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
Aircraft was engaged in a special flight to the Tasiast airstrip deserving the Gold Mine of Tasiast on behalf of the Kinross Gold Corporation. Shortly after take off from Nouakchott, during the initial climb, aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in a desert area near the airport. All seven occupants were killed and aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. Both pilots were Mauritanian Customs Officers while among the passengers were three Security Officers of the Kinross Gold Corporation who were responsible to carry a cargo of gold back to Nouakchott.