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Crash of an Airspeed AS.65 Consul in Saigon

Date & Time: Apr 3, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-OABU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
5176
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff for unknown reason. All three occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed. It was completing a flight on behalf of the French Indochina Government (Haut Commissaire de France en Indochine).

Crash of a Potez 662 near Valleraugue: 7 killed

Date & Time: Nov 12, 1941 at 1303 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-ARAY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Algiers – Vichy
MSN:
01
YOM:
1937
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft was en route from Algiers to Vichy with a crew of four and three passengers on board. At 1247LT, while cruising in poor weather conditions, the crew informed ATC he wanted to divert to Marseille due to icing conditions. Sixteen minutes later, the aircraft lost altitude, hit tree tops and crashed in a wooded area located on the south slope of Mt Aigoual, near the Minier Pass, north of Villeraugue. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. All seven occupants were killed, among them the French General Charles Huntziger, Chief of Ground Forces. Unique example built in 1937, the aircraft was christened 'Plus est en nous'.
Crew:
Jean Lefèvre, pilot.
Passengers:
General Charles Huntziger,
Jean Labusquière, Chief of Staff,
Captain de Royère.
Probable cause:
The aircraft was unable to maintain a safe altitude due to severe icing conditions.

Crash of a Caudron C.635 Simoun in Morondava: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 3, 1939 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-AOOT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Antananarivo – Morondava – Ihosy
MSN:
7372.53
YOM:
1937
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a mail flight from Antananarivo to Ihosy with an intermediate stop in Morondava. Shortly after take off, while in initial climb, the engine failed. After a first segment of some 1,500 meters, the aircraft stalled, hit a tree and crashed in a field. While the pilot was killed, the engineer was injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Crew:
Jacques Ringel, pilot,
Roland Chollet, engineer.
Probable cause:
According to the expert from Veritas, the engine failure was caused by a defect of the fuel supply system.

Crash of a Potez 540 in Tours: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jun 23, 1938 at 0015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-ANJO
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tours – Villacoublay
MSN:
75
YOM:
1936
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
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.

Crash of a Farman F.390 in Saint-Georges-sur-Loire

Date & Time: Sep 23, 1936
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
F-AMOR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
La Baule – Chartres
MSN:
6
YOM:
1933
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft left La Baule-Escoublac Airport bound for Chartres with a pilot and a passenger on board. En route, he encountered engine problems and decided to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing in a wheat field. The aircraft landed long and eventually hit a tree before coming to rest. While both occupants were unhurt, the aircraft was destroyed.
The aircraft was owned by the French Ministry of the Air and was registered F-AMOR and CT-16 as well.
Crew:
Gaston Lefol, pilot.
Passenger:
Albert Etévé, General Inspector of Aeronautic.