Crash of an Antonov AN-12 in Agadir: 8 killed

Date & Time: Feb 7, 2002 at 0015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UR-LIP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Dakar-Agadir-Alger-Athènes
MSN:
9 3 464 05
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a cargo flight to Athens with a cargo of fish. While cruising at 9,900 feet in marginal weather conditions, the aircraft hit a mountain slope in the Atlas. All occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-7CF near Bir Moghreïn: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 8, 1988
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N284
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Dakar - Agadir
MSN:
45203
YOM:
1957
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
En route from Dakar to Agadir, while cruising at the altitude of 11,000 feet, the aircraft was hit by a SAM-7 surface-to-air missile. An engine detached and out of control, the aircraft entered a dive and crashed in a desert area near Bir Moghreïn. All five occupants were killed. They were on their way to Agadir on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a SAM-7 surface-to-air missile fired by soldiers of the Front Polisario.

Crash of a Boeing 707-321C near Agadir: 188 killed

Date & Time: Aug 3, 1975 at 0425 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
JY-AEE
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Paris – Agadir
MSN:
18767/376
YOM:
1964
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
181
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
188
Aircraft flight hours:
39749
Circumstances:
On behalf of Royal Air Maroc, the aircraft was completing a charter flight from Paris-Le Bourget to Agadir, carrying 181 Moroccan workers and their family members back for holidays. Following an uneventful flight, the crew contacted ATC and was cleared to start the descent. At an altitude of 2,400 feet, the right wing struck a rocky peak. On impact, the engine n°4 was torn off. The crew increased engine power and the airplane flew for about 400 meters before it disintegrated in a small valley. The wreckage was found few hours later about 40 km north of Agadir-Inezgane Airport. None of the 188 occupants survived the crash.
Probable cause:
The aircraft was descending at a too low altitude and was approaching Agadir-Inezgane Airport on a wrong track, resulting in a controlled flight into terrain. Lack of visibility due to the night and local patches of fog as well as lack of visual references on the ground were considered as contributing factors.