Crash of a Beechcraft E90 King Air on Mt des Avaloirs: 2 killed
Date & Time: May 1, 1998 at 1630 LT
Toussus-le-Noble – Bagnoles-de-l’Orne
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight from Toussus-le-Noble, the pilot was cleared to descend to Bagnoles-de-l’Orne Airport located about 37 km northwest of Alençon. On final, weather conditions were poor with low clouds when the aircraft struck the slope of Mt des Avaloirs (417 metres high) located 20 km short of runway 30. The wreckage was found 104 metres below the summit and both occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the ceiling was up to 100 metres from the ground.
The pilot was completing the approach under VFR mode in IMC conditions, resulting in a controlled flight into terrain.