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Crash of a Grumman S-2 Tracker in Aubenas: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 20, 2005 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ZBFE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Marseille-Valgorge-Marseille
MSN:
032
YOM:
1957
Flight number:
Pélican 17
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3400
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5300
Circumstances:
The aircraft and its crew was fighting a fire near Valgorge, west of Aubenas, in south of France. The aircraft hit terrain while crossing smoke and crashed. Both pilots were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain near Saint-Agrève: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 24, 1980
Registration:
G-CTHS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saint-Tropez-La Môle - Helfpenny Green
MSN:
31-7952100
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew departed Saint Tropez-La Môle Airport on a ferry flight to Halfpenny Green, Staffordshire. While cruising over the region of Valence, Drôme, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in a pasture located near Saint-Agrève. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed L-382E-16C Hercules in Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 5, 1980 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
KAF317
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
London - Athens - Kuwait City
MSN:
4350
YOM:
1969
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The airplane departed London on a flight to Kuwait City with an intermediate stop in Athens. While cruising vertical to Montélimar, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with thunderstorm activity and turbulences. Control was lost and the airplane entered a dive before crashing on a hill located near Saint-Vincent-de-Barrès, about 12 km northwest of Montélimar. Debris were found on a wide area and all eight occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of in-flight turbulences while cruising in a thunderstorm area. The assumption that the aircraft may have been struck by lightning was not ruled out. Severe turbulences also may cause the aircraft to suffer a structural failure.

Crash of a Nord 262A-34 near Mézilhac: 21 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 1971 at 0940 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44/F-RBOA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Vélizy-Villacoublay - Orange
MSN:
44
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
21
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Vélizy-Villacoublay Air Base on a special flight to Orange AFB, carrying six officers, seven engineers of the CEA - Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (Central commission for nuclear energy) and a crew of eight who were scheduled to conduct an inspection of the nuclear center of Pierrelatte. The pilot was cleared by Marseille ATC to descent to 8,000 feet until Montélimar then to 5,000 feet to Orange. For unknown reason, the crew started the descent prematurely and in marginal weather conditions, the airplane stuck the slope of Mt Suc de Pradou (1,342 meters high) located about 3 km southeast of Mézilhac. The wreckage was found about 200 meters below the summit and all 21 occupants have been killed.
Crew:
Lt Pierre Chaintreau,
Adj/C Jean-Michel Reig,
Adj/C Jacques Deville,
Adj Alain Gaudy,
Sgt/C Claude Touzeau,
Sgt/C Jean-Pierre Boutin,
Off Alain Giblan,
Sdt Bertrand Courbier.
Passengers:
Amiral Robert Landrin,
Gen Édouard Billion,
Gen Jean-Marc Pineau,
Col Charles Birckel,
Col Alain Rolland de Chambaudoin d’Erceville,
Cpt André Bouteiller,
Jean Gaume, engineer,
Paul Johann, engineer,
Jean Labussière, engineer,
Hubert Lefèbvre de Laboulaye, engineer,
Jacques Mabile, engineer,
François Ronteix, engineer,
Georges Tirole, engineer.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the crew may misunderstood and mixed both altitude clearances of 8,000 feet till Montélimar and 5,000 feet till Orange, descending prematurely. In consequence, the accident was the result of a controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Nord 1402 Noroit in Saint-Bauzile: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1952 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ZJYB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Marseille – Melun
MSN:
14
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While cruising in low visibility due to foggy conditions, the seaplane hit the slope of a mountain located in the Coirons Mountain Range, near Saint-Bauzile. All five crew members were killed.
Crew:
Charles Deschamps, pilot,
Marcel Laurière, flight engineer,
Emmanuel Marot, mechanic,
Alfred Sohn, mechanic,
Jean-Marie Legall, radio operator.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.104 Dove 1 in Saint-Bauzile: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 13, 1948 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AJOU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Croydon – Paris – Cannes
MSN:
4058
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Croydon in the early afternoon for Paris with eight passengers and a crew of two. Six passengers disembarked in Paris and the aircraft took off around 1530LT bound for Cannes. About two hours into the flight, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with heavy rain, turbulence and strong winds. The aircraft went out of control and crashed in a wooded area located on Mt Le Coran, near Saint-Bauzile, about 9 km southeast of Privas. A local farmer was quickly on the scene but all four occupants were killed. Rescue teams arrived the next morning.
Crew:
Peter Townsend, pilot,
Arthur Frederick Freeman, radio operator.
Passengers:
Peter Wentworth-Fitzwilliam,
Kathleen Kennedy-Cavendish, young sister of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Crash of a Martin B-26C-45-MO Marauder in Mélas: 20 killed

Date & Time: Aug 21, 1945 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
42-107777
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lyon - Algiers
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Lyon-Bron Airfield in the early morning on an air bridge to Algiers. While flying over the Coirons mountain range at an altitude of 3,000 meters, the crew encountered technical problems with the right engine. The aircraft lost height and eventually stalled before crashing in a huge explosion in Mélas. All 20 occupants were killed.
Crew:
Cpt Jacques Saiget, pilot,
Sgt René André Richard, copilot,
Lt Claude Victor Bit, navigator,
Sgt Marc André Emery, radio operator,
Sgt Gabriel Martinet, flight engineer.
Passengers:
Abade Ben Mohamed,
Mohamed Adil,
Bagled,
Jacob Ben Illouz,
Georges Fouyaux,
Antoine Giauguliano,
Biali Hassen,
Hubert Hermandez,
Louis André Lathuillère,
Ahmed Mimoni,
Mohamed Ben Mohamed,
Maurice Paya,
Lons Solers,
Mohamed Taleb,
Amer Zaza.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right engine.