Two dead in Mali Super Tucano crash


A Super Tucano light attack and trainer aircraft operated by Mali’s Air Force has crashed, killing both pilots on board.

The aircraft came down on 7 April near the town of Sevare in the Mopti region of Mali near the Inner Niger Delta. The Mali Air Force’s Base Aerienne 102 is located at Sevare Airport.

It is not clear what caused the crash, but Mali’s Air Force said the aircraft lost control whilst preparing to land.

The aircraft (TZ04C) had been flying with another Super Tucano (TZ02C) before the accident.

A video circulating on social media appears to show the aircraft dive inverted towards the ground and attempt to recover before crashing.

An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the accident.

Mali had four Super Tucanos in service. They were delivered from Embraer in Brazil in July 2018.

Mali signed a contract with Embraer for six of the aircraft at the Paris Air Show on 15 June 2015. Embraer said the contract included logistic support for the operation of the aircraft and training. It is understood that the four aircraft delivered are configured for light attack and close air support. It had been suggested the remaining two would be fitted with surveillance systems and used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, including border patrol, but sources indicate the last two were cancelled in order to save money. It has been alleged that Mali’s Super Tucanos were delivered without sighting systems due to American reluctance to supply sighting equipment.