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Manche

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter off Granville

Date & Time: Aug 18, 2012 at 1855 LT
Operator:
Registration:
F-GMJG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Granville - Granville
MSN:
659
YOM:
1967
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
13300
Circumstances:
Pilot was carrying several skydivers on a training flight over the region of Granville, Manche. After all skydivers left the aircraft, pilot reduced his altitude to return to his base. On final approach to runway 07, aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea, several yards off shore. A sailor went quickly to the scene and evacuated the pilot who was slightly injured while the aircraft sunk by a depth of 5 to 6 meters. The aircraft was recovered and pulled on the beach a day later but was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.104 Dove 8 in Cherbourg

Date & Time: Nov 20, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-ASHW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
04532
YOM:
1963
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff for unknown reasons. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Nord 262A-69 in Cherbourg

Date & Time: Jan 17, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
85
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
85
YOM:
1971
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport, while in initial climb, engine problems forced the crew to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crash landed in an open field near the airport and came to rest. There were no casualties.
Probable cause:
The crew was forced to attempt an emergency landing after one of the propeller mistakenly auto-feathered during initial climb.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson C.19 in Cherbourg

Date & Time: Jun 12, 1963
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VM388
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was supposed to land at Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport but was unable to locate the airfield due to a limited visibility caused by foggy conditions. Low fuel reserve forced the crew to attempt an emergency landing on a beach in Cherbourg. While both occupants were unhurt, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing KB-29P Superfortress in Morigny: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 2, 1957
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44-83906
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The Boeing KB-29P Superfortress left RAF Sculthorpe on a training mission to south of France. While cruising at an altitude of 15,000 feet in low visibility due to poor weather conditions, the airplane struck another USAF Boeing KB-29P Superfortress that was flying in front of it. The first KB-29, registered 44-69846, was carrying a crew of ten and lost speed for undetermined reason. Following the collision, both airplanes went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a field located in Morigny, about 25 km south of Saint-Lô. On the ten crew members aboard 44-69846, one survived. On board 44-83906, five crew survived while four others were killed. It appears that some of the survivors were able to bail out prior to impact. Among those killed were M/Sgt. Lawrence M. Grigory, A2c Arthur B. Kosier and A3c Franklin D. Schweigert.
Probable cause:
In-flight collision following a loss of speed of the first aircraft for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Boeing KB-29P Superfortress in Morigny: 9 killed

Date & Time: Feb 2, 1957
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
44-69846
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
10678
YOM:
1944
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The Boeing KB-29P Superfortress left RAF Sculthorpe on a training mission to south of France. While cruising at an altitude of 15,000 feet in low visibility due to poor weather conditions, the airplane lost speed and was struck by a second USAF Boeing KB-29P Superfortress registered 44-83906 that was carrying a crew of nine. Both airplanes went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed in a field located in Morigny, about 25 km south of Saint-Lô. On the ten crew members, one survived. On board the second aircraft, five crew survived while four others were killed. It appears that some of the survivors were able to bail out prior to impact.
Probable cause:
In-flight collision following a loss of speed of the first aircraft for undetermined reason.

Crash of a Latécoère 631 off Saint-Marcouf Islands: 19 killed

Date & Time: Feb 21, 1948 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-BDRD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Le Havre – Biscarosse
MSN:
07
YOM:
1948
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Le Havre, while flying over the Bay of Seine, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with snow falls. The seaplane went out of control and crashed into the sea off the Saint-Marcouf Islands, between Le Havre and Cherbourg. The aircraft was lost and all 19 occupants, pilots and engineers of the manufacturer, were killed.

Crash of a Miles M.57 Aerovan IV near Cherbourg

Date & Time: Jan 12, 1947
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-AIKV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
London - Saint Peter
MSN:
6389
YOM:
1946
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from London to Saint Peter, on Guernsey Island. Approaching the island, weather conditions worsened and the crew decided to divert to Cherbourg Airport. Few minutes later, apparently due to fuel exhaustion, the crew was forced to make an emergency landing on a beach located 15 km east of Cherbourg. The aircraft landed and rolled few dozen meters before coming to rest. All eight occupants were able to leave the cabin and were uninjured. Unfortunately, the aircraft was later partially destroyed by tide.

Crash of a North American B-25C-25 Mitchell in Coutances: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 8, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
FR179
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
96-16668
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a bombing mission over France. En route, the twin engine aircraft was shot down by the German Flak, dove into the ground and crashed in a field. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47A-85-DL in Picauville

Date & Time: Jun 7, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
43-15632
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Folkingham - Folkingham
MSN:
20098
YOM:
1944
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While on a supply mission, the crew was forced to make an emergency landing in a field located some 30 km south of Cherbourg. All seven occupants were taken POW. The reason of the occurrence remains unknown.