Date & Time: Dec 31, 1927
Type of aircraft:
Latécoère 23
Operator:
Registration:
F-AIHP
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Marseille - Marseille
MSN:
23-1
YOM:
1927
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Crew (three pilots and three engineers) was engaged in a test flight on behalf of the French manufacturer Latécoère and the operator L'Aéropostale. Shortly after takeoff from Marseille seaplane's base, while climbing to 1,000 feet, aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea. All six occupants were killed.
Crew:
Achille Enderlin, pilot,
René Mercier, pilot,
Eloi Ville, pilot,
René Perret, engineer,
Gustave Berdin, engineer,
Mr. Mattei, engineer.
Probable cause:
It seems the accident was caused by a structural failure during the initial climb.