2019 Ménaka helicopter crash

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2019 Ménaka helicopter crash
Date25 November 2019 (2019-11-25)
SummaryMid-air collision
Sitenear Ménaka, Ménaka Region, Northern Mali
OperatorFrench Armed Forces

On 25 November 2019, two French military helicopters, part of Operation Barkhane, crashed in northern Mali, killing 13 soldiers. It was the deadliest incident involving the French military since the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings.


A French Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter collided with a Eurocopter AS532 Cougar military transport helicopter at low-altitude at night while on a sortie near the town of Ménaka in Northern Mali.[1] The helicopters were in the midst of pursuing militants on vehicles and motor-bikes, after ground forces had called in for air support. For unknown reasons, the two helicopters collided and crashed killing all onboard.[2]


Six officers and a master corporal were among the 13 fatalities. One of those killed, Pierre-Emmanuel Bockel, was the son of French Senator Jean-Marie Bockel.[3] Bockel was the pilot of the 'Cougar' helicopter.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Mali : treize militaires français tués dans l'accident de deux hélicoptères lors d'une opération de combat". France Bleu (in French). 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. ^ "French troops killed in helicopter crash in Mali". 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. ^ "Thirteen French soldiers killed in Mali helicopter accident". France 24. 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-11-26.