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Date:Tuesday 10 April 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-12BK
Operator:Air West, Co
Registration: 3C-AWU
MSN: 8345804 ?
First flight: 1981
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6 km (3.8 mls) from Nouadhibou Airport (NDB) (   Mauritania)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nouadhibou Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania
Destination airport:Nouakchott Airport (NKC/GQNN), Mauritania
Soon after it taking off, one of the engines caught fire and the crew carried out a forced landing on a beach, 6 km from the runway. The aircraft caught fire and burned out.

Forced landing outside airport

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Distance from Nouadhibou Airport to Nouakchott Airport as the crow flies is 333 km (208 miles).

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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Antonov An-12

  • 1243 built
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