Air Algérie Flight 6289, operated by a Boeing 737-200, was an Air Algérie scheduled passenger service between Tamanrasset and Algiers via Ghardaia on 6 March 2003. At 3:45 p.m. local time (1445 GMT), the flight attempted departure from the southern Algerian city of Tamanrasset. The aircraft veered off the runway during takeoff and crashed some 600 feet (180 m) from the centerline. Witnesses reported seeing one of the 737's engines in flames as it took off. All but one of the 97 passengers and all of the six crew members perished, a total of 102 people. The only survivor of the accident was 28-year-old Youcef Djillali.
As the aircraft was departing, it experienced engine failure in one engine. The captain took over control of the aircraft. The copilot asked permission to retract the landing gear, but this request went unanswered. No adjustments were made to the speed or rate of climb of the aircraft, which stalled and crashed in nearby rocky terrain. Investigators noted the lack of preparedness on the part of the air crew who worked the flight, and the unsuitability of the rocky ground near the airfield for emergency landings.