Mali Warnings – Sources
FSB Risk Level: Two – Assessed Risk
Northern Mali conflict ongoing. Situation unstable. 2015 Radisson Blu hotel attack which killed several aircrew overnighting in Bamako. Considered as the deadliest place to serve in the UN. A US warning exists. Potential for attacks throughout the country, including in Bamako, remains high. Avoid if at all possible.
Reference: KICZ Notam A0004/17
Issued: Feb 26th, 2017, valid until: Feb 26th, 2018
Plain English: Avoid flying over or into Mali below FL260. If you plan to, notify the FAA 3 days in advance.
A0004/17 NOTAMN Q) /QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/259/ A) KICZ PART 1 OF 2 B) 1702261232 C) 1802262359 EST E) SECURITY..UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ADVISORY FOR MALI. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A BELOW SHOULD AVOID FLYING INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN OR OVER THE TERRITORY AND AIRSPACE OF MALI AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 DUE TO ONGOING FIGHTING AND EXTREMIST/MILITANT ACTIVITY. A. APPLICABILITY. THIS NOTAM APPLIES TO: ALL U.S. AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS; ALL PERSONS EXERCISING THE PRIVILEGES OF AN AIRMAN CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE FAA, EXCEPT SUCH PERSONS OPERATING U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT FOR A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER; AND ALL OPERATORS OF AIRCRAFT REGISTERED IN THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT WHERE THE OPERATOR OF SUCH AIRCRAFT IS A FOREIGN AIR CARRIER. B. PLANNING. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A PLANNING TO FLY INTO, OUT OF, WITHIN, OR OVER THE ABOVE-NAMED AREA AT ALTITUDES BELOW FL260 MUST REVIEW CURRENT SECURITY/THREAT INFORMATION AND NOTAMS; COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FAA REGULATIONS, OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS, MANAGEMENT SPECIFICATIONS, AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION, INCLUDING UPDATING B450; AND PROVIDE AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF PLANNED FLIGHTS TO THE FAA AT END PART 1 OF 2 A0004/17 NOTAMN Q) /QRDLD/IV/NBO/AE/000/259/ A) KICZ PART 2 OF 2 B) 1702261232 C) 1802262359 EST E) AEO-CITEWATCH@FAA.GOV WITH SPECIFIC FLIGHT DETAILS TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE. C. OPERATIONS. EXERCISE CAUTION DURING FLIGHT OPERATIONS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ATTACKS ON CIVIL AVIATION BY EXTREMISTS/MILITANTS. AIRCRAFT MAY ENCOUNTER FIRE FROM SMALL ARMS; INDIRECT FIRE WEAPONS, SUCH AS MORTARS AND ROCKETS; AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT CAPABLE WEAPONS, INCLUDING MAN-PORTABLE AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MANPADS). SUCH WEAPONS COULD TARGET AIRCRAFT AT LOW ALTITUDES, INCLUDING DURING THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PHASES OF FLIGHT, AND/OR AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. THOSE PERSONS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPH A MUST REPORT SAFETY AND/OR SECURITY INCIDENTS TO THE FAA AT +1 202-267-3333 OR +1 202-267-3203. THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS ADVISORY WILL BE RE-EVALUATED BY 26 FEBRUARY 2018. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AT: HTTPS://WWW.FAA.GOV/AIR_TRAFFIC/PUBLICATIONS/US_RESTRICTIONS/ F) SFC G) FL259 END PART 2 OF 2
Reference: Route closures Southbound
Issued: February 26th, 2017, valid until: March 26th, 2017
Plain English: Route closures from GND to FL310 entering Mali airspace.
A0518/17 NOTAMR A0241/17 Q) DAAA/QAPXX/IV/NBO/E/000/999/2924N00259E628 A) DAAA B) 1702262315 C) 1703262359 EST E) REPORTING POINT AS THE GAT IFR FLIGHTS ARE AUTHORISED TO USE THE PROHIBITED AREA RELATED TO SERVAL OPERATION IN MALI AIRSPACE FROM FL320 TO FL400 . THE FOLLOWING EXIT POINTS OF ALGIERS FIR: -SBITA(250539N0050004W) -USRUT(234000N0024400W) -IPOBA(222800N0010300E) -MOKAT(205600N0011000E) -TERAS(204419N0014928E) -ZAWAT(190009N0033251E) -INAMA(190800N0041000E) ARE CLOSED FROM GND UNTIL FL310 AND FROM FL410 UNTIL FL650 ARE OPEN FROM FL320 UNTIL FL400 F) GND G) FL650
Reference: FAA Background Notice – Mali
Issued: February 26th, 2017, valid until: Ongoing
Plain English: Exercise extreme caution below FL260
FAA Background Information Regarding U.S. Civil Aviation – Mali Due to ongoing fighting involving military forces and extremist/militant groups and an unstable security situation in Mali, the FAA assesses that there is a potential risk to U.S. civil aviation operating into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Mali at altitudes below FL260. As a result, on 26 February 2017, the FAA published Notice to Airmen KICZ A0004/17, advising U.S. civil aviation to avoid flight operations into, out of, within or over the territory and airspace of Mali at altitudes below FL260. International civil air routes that transit Mali’s airspace and aircraft operating to and from Malian airports, particularly in the area north of Mopti, are at risk from small arms; indirect fire weapons, such as mortars and rockets; and anti-aircraft capable weapons, including manportable air defense systems (MANPADS). Such weapons could target aircraft at low altitudes, including during the arrival and departure phases of flight, and/or airports and aircraft on the ground. Some extremist/militant groups in Mali are suspected to possess or have access to MANPADS, which may have originated from the conflict in Libya. Some MANPADS have the capability to reach a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet. Attacks against aircraft in flight and/or Malian airports may occur with little or no warning. Militant groups have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct both direct and indirect fire attacks on Malian airports, particularly in northern Mali, targeting airports and/or adjacent military camps. In late-November 2016 and again in mid-January 2017, extremists conducted vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against or in proximity to the Gao Airport (GAGO) and rocket attacks targeting Timbuktu Airport (GATB). In mid-February 2016, the United Nations base in Kidal was attacked by rockets, small arms fire and a truck bomb driven by a suicide operative that killed seven people and wounded 30 others. Southern Mali has also experienced violence, but at lesser levels. In November 2015, transnational terrorists affiliated with al-Qa’ida attacked the Radisson hotel in Bamako; the attack resulted in 20 people killed. Among the dead were six crew members of a non-U.S. operator. The FAA will continue to review the situation regarding threats to U.S. civil aviation operating in the territory and airspace of Mali and make adjustments to its advisory for U.S. civil aviation as necessary. Posted: 26 February 2017