Accident Aérospatiale AS 350 B Écureuil F-GEAM, Tuesday 14 January 1986
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Date:Tuesday 14 January 1986
Time:19:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aérospatiale AS 350 B Écureuil
Registration: F-GEAM
MSN: 1689
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:190 km east of Tombouctou -   Mali
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Niamey, Niger (NIM/DRRN)
Destination airport:Gourma-Rharous Oasis, Mali
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Encountered a sandstorm and landed approximately 9 km from the Gourma-Rharous Oasis, 190 km east of Tombouctou, Mali. Crashed into a 30 meter high dune, a few minutes after it took off again. Thierry Sabine (the founder of Rallye Paris-Dakar, aged 36) was one of the five persons on board who was killed. Also killed onboard was the singer-songwriter Daniel Balavoine, helicopter pilot François-Xavier Bagnoud, journalist Nathalie Odent and Jean-Paul Lefur, who was a radiophonic engineer for RTL.


2. Hamburger Abendblatt 16.1.1986, p1+22
3. Hamburger Abendblatt 21.1.1986, p16

Revision history:

31-Mar-2013 17:16 TB Added
04-Apr-2013 18:41 TB Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2013 19:07 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source]
27-Jun-2014 23:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2014 02:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
24-Mar-2017 16:46 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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