Brahim Tahari: An Air Veteran Who Died in the Crash of his Personal Spacecraft near Kenitra

Brahim Tahari is one of Morocco’s most famous pilots. For several decades, he crisscrossed the air of the Kingdom and elsewhere. On Thursday, August 20, he met a tragic end when his two-seater plane crashed near Kenitra, on its way to Tangier.

Brahim Tahari was (the eternal) president of the National Association of the History of Aviation in Morocco (ANHAM) and, in this capacity, he was an indispensable source for professionals and researchers.

He was born in Rabat in April 1948 and completed his primary and secondary education there before joining the Air Force at the Royal Air Force (FRA) school in Marrakech at the age of 22.

Two years later, he was awarded a pilot’s licence and benefited from an advanced training course to fly aircraft in France.

In 1971, he decided to leave the Royal Air Forces to embark on a completely different career with the Ministry of Public Works.

At that time, he volunteered as an instructor for several flying clubs in Morocco.

In 1984, he left the Ministry of Public Works for the Ministry of Transport, and was assigned to the Royal Air Club of Laayoune.

A few years later, the light aviation service called on his services as an examiner for the Directorate of Civil Aviation, where he remained until 2008, when he retired.

However, for Brahim Tahari, there will never be any question of letting go of the stick of an airplane. He brilliantly took part in dozens of rallies in Morocco and abroad, including, in 1987, the famous Toulouse-Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal, commemorating the Latécoère airline line used by the famous Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Jean Mermoz.

On this occasion, Brahim Tahari received the keys to the city of Toulouse as a symbolic tribute.

Since his retirement, he had been an instructor at the Royal Flying Club of Casablanca and gave courses on aviation history in several establishments.

On Thursday, August 20, the day of the tragedy, he was returning from Fez aboard a Cessna 152, in the company of Fahd Cherkaoui, an engineer by trade and a student pilot.

Their two-seater, according to informed sources contacted by the Moroccan press, struck a high-voltage electricity pylon near Kenitra.

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