One of the Madagascan Air Force’s Humbert Tetras light aircraft crashed on Tuesday, killing both occupants in a blow to the small arm of service.
The aircraft came down near Madagascar’s Antananarivo-Ivato International Airport on Tuesday morning and was destroyed on impact, reports Air Forces Daily. The cause of the crash is being investigated by Madagascan authorities.
Madagascar received its first Tetras in February 2009 in line with a bilateral cooperation agreement between Madagascar and France. A second was handed over at Base Aeronavale Ivato, Antananarivo, in April last year.
A number of other aircraft have been supplied to the Malagasy Air Force by France, including a single Socata MS885 Super Rallye and five Sauper Aviation J300 Joker ultralight aircraft.
Madagascar has a small air force, which includes four ex-Belgian SA 316 Alouette II helicopters, delivered in March 2010, and a few light aircraft and transports.
According to Air Forces Daily, a number of old, unserviceable aircraft have been scrapped recently, including eight MiG-21s, five Mi-8s, four C-47 Dakotas and four An-26s. Another three MiG-17s were taken out of service several years back. Madagascar has no combat aircraft in service.