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Crash of a Grumman S-2 Tracker in Générac: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 2, 2019 at 1730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ZBAA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nîmes - Nîmes
MSN:
456
YOM:
1958
Flight number:
Pélican 22
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Nîmes-Garons Airbase on a fire fighting mission near Générac, a village located about 6 km southwest of the airbase. While approaching the fire zone at low height, the twin engine airplane struck trees and crashed in a huge explosion. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and the pilot was killed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was reduced due to thick smoke.

Crash of a Fokker F27 Friendship 600 near La Grand-Combe: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 1989 at 1721 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-GSFS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Aubenas - Aubenas
MSN:
10473
YOM:
1972
Flight number:
Pélican 27
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Aircraft flight hours:
8053
Aircraft flight cycles:
8886
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft, departed Aubenas-Vals-Lanas Airport on a firefighting mission on behalf of the French Sécurité Civile. While approaching the zone under fire at low height, the aircraft struck the ground and exploded. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was the result of loss of control in a presentation turn at a very low height. This loss of control was the result of an overly brutal maneuver by the crew because the airplane's position at the start of the presentation was wrong.
The following contributing factors were reported:
- Excessive workload for the captain,
- Different languages used between both flight crew members,
- Operational practices at the Sécutivé Civile that left too much improvisation over the drop zone,
_ Lack of visibility on short final.

Crash of a Vickers 619 Wellington X near Le Vigan: 7 killed

Date & Time: Feb 8, 1952
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RP383
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Northolt – Luqa
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
While cruising in poor weather conditions and at an insufficient altitude, the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain shrouded in clouds. The wreckage was found near Le Vigan, about 45 km north of Montpellier. All seven crew members were killed. It was determined that the aircraft was slightly off course at the time of the accident, maybe following a navigational error on part of the crew. The poor visibility caused by low clouds was considered as a contributory factor.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL off Montfaucon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1944 at 1649 LT
Operator:
Registration:
41-18448
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ambérieu-en-Bugey – Istres
MSN:
4510
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew already completed two prior similar flights during the day, carrying staff from Ambérieu-en-Bugey to Istres AFB. En route, while flying along the Rhône River at an altitude of some 500 feet, the right engine failed. The captain decided to reduce his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing on the river. At low height, the aircraft hit a ferry cable and crashed into the river. In fifteen minutes, all seven occupants were able to leave the cabin and while six of them could swim to the shore, a passenger drowned. The aircraft drifted on several yards before coming to rest in Montfaucon.
Crew:
1st Lt Jack V. Devette, pilot,
2nd Lt Clifton E. Smith, copilot,
T/Sgt Raymond F. Foy, mechanic,
S/Sgt Bonnell Chambers Birkhead Jr., radio operator.
Passengers:
Milton Kushner,
Kenneth N. Spry,
Paul R. Gwaltney. †
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

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 an Airspeed AS.6A Envoy I near Alès: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1936
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-ADCA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Paris – Barcelona
MSN:
36
YOM:
1935
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was on its way to Barcelona to be delivered to the Spanish Nationalists Air Force. En route, while cruising over the region of Alès, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances. Both crew were killed. The flight was operated by the French Office Général de l'Air (OGA) according to an international treaty between England, France and Spain.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth near Génolhac

Date & Time: Mar 28, 1934
Operator:
Registration:
G-ABXY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Lympne - Australia
MSN:
2241
YOM:
1932
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot and owner Howard Leslie Brook left in the morning Lympne Airport, UK, bound for Australia. While overflying the Cévennes National Park, he encountered icing fog. Aircraft lost altitude and eventually hit a mountain slope located in Mont Lozère, near Génolhac. While the pilot was injured,. the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Icing and foggy conditions.

Crash of a Latécoère 25/3R in Saint-Gilles

Date & Time: Feb 4, 1931
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-AIHD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Barcelona – Marseille
MSN:
605
YOM:
1927
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
An unknown technical failure forced the crew to attempt an emergency landing in Saint-Gilles, south of Nimes. While both occupants were uninjured, the aircraft was destroyed. Pilot: Louis Roidot.