French Mirage 2000 D crashed due to a mechanical failure today Tuesday (20/7) on the outskirts of Ompori, in the center of Mali, with two crew members being rescued.
As broadcast by ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, the two people on board used their ejection seats and were rescued, announced the French army.
One of the crew, consisting of a pilot and a flight officer, was slightly injured and taken to Gao base. clarified the press service of the armed forces.
Both used their ejection seats over an uninhabited area and the plane also crashed in an uninhabited area, according to the same source. His wreckage was located by Barkhane force.
The crash occurred during an air support mission for the French GTD (Groupement tactique desert) and a Mali armed forces unit, along Highway 16 south of Ompori. The Ombori area, and the Mopti area in general, is a business area that has been particularly targeted by Barkhane forces in recent months.
A search and rescue team was immediately mobilized by two Caiman helicopters, backed by two Tigre helicopters.
An investigation is expected to determine the causes of the accident.
France is carrying out the anti-jihadist Barkhane operation in the Sahel together with allied armies, but is preparing to start reducing its military personnel in the region so that in the end 2,500 to 3,000 men remain, compared to 5,100 today.
The process of closing Barkhane bases in northern Mali is expected to begin “in the second half of 2021”.