Nine hurt as military plane makes emergency landing in Mali
STUTTGART, Germany — A military aircraft carrying U.S. Africa Command personnel was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday in Mali, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the nine people aboard the a twin-engine turbo-prop aircraft, AFRICOM reported Friday.
Three crew members and six personnel were injured after the plan suffered an apparent mechanical malfunction, according to AFRICOM.
All personnel received medical treatment at a facility in the Mali capital of Bamako and were awaiting transport to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, AFRICOM reported.
The accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Mali and members of the Malian military were soon on the scene to provide medical assistance, AFRICOM said.
A safety board will investigate and determine the exact cause of the incident, according to AFRICOM.
“Initial reports do not indicate that the emergency landing was due to any hostile action,” the command stated in a news release.