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Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo near Limoges

Date & Time: Aug 21, 2018 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: IMAO (41474)">
Registration:
F-HGPS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Limoges - Limoges
MSN:
31-245
YOM:
1968
Location: Limoges (22220)"> Haute-Vienne (14691)">
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane, owned by the French Company IMAO specialized in aerial photo missions departed Limoges-Bellegarde Airport at 1030LT with one pilot (the Director of the Company, aged 58) and a female engineer. The crew successfully completed a mapping mission over the region of Ussel, Corrèze, and was returning to Limoges Airport when, on final approach, the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing due to fuel exhaustion. The airplane struck tree tops then stalled and crashed in a field located near Verneuil-sur-Vienne, some 5 km west of the airfield. Both occupants were seriously injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ2+ in Saint-Tropez

Date & Time: Jun 6, 2018 at 1310 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 525 CJ2 (30381)">
Operator: ProAir Aviation (40233)">
Registration:
D-IULI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Figari - Saint-Tropez
MSN:
525A-0514
YOM:
2013
Location: Saint-Tropez-La Môle (25657)"> Var (16386)">
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a positioning flight from Figari-Sud Corse Airport. After landing on runway 24 at Saint-Tropez-La Môle Airfield, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and came to rest against an embankment along the La Môle River. The captain was slightly injured while the copilot was seriously wounded.

Crash of an Airbus A320-211 near Prads-Haute-Bléone: 150 killed

Date & Time: Mar 24, 2015 at 1041 LT
Type of aircraft: Airbus A320 (29632)">
Operator: Germanwings (37541)">
Registration:
D-AIPX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Barcelona – Düsseldorf
MSN:
147
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
4U9525
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
144
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
150
Captain / Total flying hours:
6763
Captain / Total hours on type:
3811.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
919
Copilot / Total hours on type:
540
Aircraft flight hours:
58313
Aircraft flight cycles:
46748
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Barcelona at 1000LT on a scheduled flight to Düsseldorf (flight 4U9525/GWI18G). At 1032LT, one minute after reaching its assigned cruising altitude of 38,000 feet near Toulon (level off), the aircraft started to lose altitude and continued a straight in descent during nine minutes, until it reached the altitude of 6,800 feet. It was later confirmed that no distress call was sent by the crew. Radar contact was lost at a height of 6,800 feet at 1041LT when the aircraft hit a mountain slope located near Prads-Haute-Bléone, northeast of Digne-les-Bains. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were considered as good with no storm activity, reasonable wind component and no turbulence. The crash site was reached by first rescuers in the afternoon and the aircraft disintegrated on impact. None of the 150 occupants survived the crash. The second black box (DFDR) was found on April 2, nine days after the accident.
Causes:
The collision with the ground was due to the deliberate and planned action of the copilot who decided to commit suicide while alone in the cockpit. The process for medical certification of pilots, in particular self-reporting in case of decrease in medical fitness between two periodic medical evaluations, did not succeed in preventing the copilot, who was experiencing mental disorder with psychotic symptoms, from exercising the privilege of his licence. The following factors may have contributed to the failure of this principle:
-ˆ the copilot’s probable fear of losing his ability to fly as a professional pilot if he had reported his decrease in medical fitness to an AME,
-ˆ the potential financial consequences generated by the lack of specific insurance covering the risks of loss of income in case of unfitness to fly,
- the lack of clear guidelines in German regulations on when a threat to public safety outweighs the requirements of medical confidentiality.
Security requirements led to cockpit doors designed to resist forcible intrusion by unauthorized persons. This made it impossible to enter the flight compartment before the aircraft impacted the terrain in the French Alps.
Final Report:

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 6, 2014 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft: Socata TBM-700 (30222)">
Operator: AG Plastics (39561)">
Registration:
N129AG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Cannes – Courtrai
MSN:
171
YOM:
2000
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was on its way from Cannes to Wevelgem Airport in Courtrai, Belgium. While overflying est of Paris, pilot encountered unknown problems and reduced his altitude. The aircraft overflew several houses less than ten meters and eventually hit tree tops before crashing in a wooded area. The pilot and a passenger were killed while three other passengers were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Saab 2000 in Paris-Roissy-CDG

Date & Time: Jan 28, 2014 at 0731 LT
Type of aircraft: Saab 2000 (29769)">
Operator: Etihad Regional (39415)">
Registration:
HB-IZG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Leipzig – Paris
MSN:
010
YOM:
2
Flight number:
DWT250
Location: Paris-Roissy-CDG (24460)"> Val-d'Oise (16376)">
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6640
Captain / Total hours on type:
2260.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
630
Copilot / Total hours on type:
80
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight from Leipzig, the crew started the descent to Paris-Roissy-CDG Airport runway 27R. At an altitude of 400 feet on approach, the automatic pilot system was deactivated. At an altitude of 200 feet, the decision height, the crew decided to continue the approach as the runway was in sight and the aircraft was stable. During the last segment, at a height of 50 feet, power levers were reduced to flight idle and the aircraft went into a nose up attitude (maximum value of 11°). Both main gears touched down at a speed of 120 knots but the aircraft bounced twice and went into a pitch down attitude, causing the nose gear to land first during the third touchdown. On impact, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid for dozen yards before coming to rest. All 19 occupants were evacuated safely and the aircraft was later considered as damaged beyond repair.
Causes:
During the flare the captain detected that the landing would be hard and in an emergency action, he quickly pulled the nose up without announcing his intention to the first officer who was the pilot flying. This lack of coordination within the flight crew caused a double controls and successive and opposite actions on the flight controls during the bouncing management.
Final Report:

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Mouffy: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 19, 2013 at 1115 LT
Type of aircraft: Socata TBM-700 (30222)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N115KC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Annecy - Toussus-le-Noble
MSN:
239
YOM:
2002
Location: Mouffy (23308)"> Yonne (16527)">
Country: France (13255)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft left Annecy-Meythet Airport at 1030LT on a flight to Toussus-le-Noble, near Paris. While flying over Yonne, some ten kilometers south of Auxerre, aircraft went out of control and dove into the ground, crashing and exploding in an open field. All six occupants were killed. Aircraft was owned by Aircraft Guaranty Corp Trustee, a company based in Onalaska, Texas. According to an eyewitness, aircraft's engine was buffeting and it was out of control went it went out of the cloud layer.