Date & Time: Jun 23, 1938 at 0015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Potez 540
Registration:
F-ANJO
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Ferry
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tours – Villacoublay
MSN:
75
YOM:
1936
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
7
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
On the evening of 22JUN1938, the crew completed some training maneuvers in the airports of Orléans, Châteauroux and Tours before flying back to his base in Villacoublay. The twine engine aircraft left Tours-Parçay-Meslay Airport shortly after midnight on 23JUN1938. An engine misfired few minutes after takeoff and the attempted to make an emergency landing when the right wing hit the ground. Aircraft crashed in a huge explosion and was totally wrecked by impact forces and post crash fire. All seven crewmen were killed. They were performing a mission on behalf of the Section Centrale des Transports Aériens (SCTA).
Crew:
Captain Reynaud,
Lieutenant Canal,
Lieutenant de Vaisseau Perret,
Sergeant in Chief Thibault,
Sergeant Fabre.
Probable cause:
The commission did not find the exact cause of the engine failure but the crew made a sharp turn to the right at low altitude to avoid a hill and the right wing hit the ground, causing the aircraft to crash.