Mystery Boeing crash in Africa - with South American Drugs

BBC first reported this, and news is very slow to be released, so until then, here is JACDEC report;
Aircraft is reportedly a Boeing Airliner - awaiting info . . . (Occurred Nov 5/09) in the African country of Mali.

According to a report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the aircraft landed on a makeshift runway in the desert near Gao. Local police and Interpol said there are indications that tons of illegal substances (cocaine) were offloaded and shipped away by road or smaller planes.

Upon take-off, the aircraft may have suffered some kind of power loss forcing the pilots to make a landing in the nearby Sahara desert. On landing the aircraft was severely damaged, caught fire and burned to destruction. Presumingly all on board did survive the crash because no bodies were found inside the wreckage.

International police is investigating the origin of the flight and ownership of the aircraft. It is believed to have come from Venezuela.

News Source;

BBC News

I wonder if it’s the 727 that was stolen a few years ago.

I remember that.

Missing 727

Yes, N844AA it was a fuel hauler and had 10 500LB tanks to haul diesel fuel.
It’s been missing for a long time now, and it was the first aircraft that came to mind as well. article on drug planes, mentions 727/Mali