Air Algérie Flight 6289, was a Boeing 737-200 which was departing from the southern Algerian city of Tamanrasset for Ghardaia and Algiers on 6 March 2003, when it stalled and crashed near the runway, killing all but one of the 102 people on board. It was caused by an engine fire, compounded by poor communication between captain and co-pilot.
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 Tamanrasset.
As the aircraft was taking off, witnesses reported seeing one of the 737's engines in flames. The captain took over control of the aircraft suddenly and without a clear view of the situation. 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.
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. Investigators noted the lack of preparedness on the part of the aircrew who worked the flight, and the unsuitability of the rocky ground near the airfield for emergency landings.