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Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Lyon-Bron: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 24, 2013 at 1045 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N556MB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lyon - Aix-les-Milles
MSN:
421C-00468
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
579
Captain / Total hours on type:
3.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
410
Copilot / Total hours on type:
12
Aircraft flight hours:
3661
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 34 at Lyon-Bron Airport, while in initial climb at a height of 200 feet, the twin engine airplane deviated to the left, rolled to the left and then veered to the left with a low rate of climb. Shortly after passing the end of the runway, the airplane lost height then struck the ground and caught fire. The airplane was destroyed by a post crash fire and all four occupants were killed. For unknown reasons, the pilot-in-command was seating in the right seat.
Probable cause:
The accident probably occurred as a result of an asymmetrical flight starting from the rotation that the pilot was not able to control. As technical examinations and observations from the wreckage could not give any conclusive malfunction of the engines or systems, the initial cause is most likely an improper adjustment of the steering trim before takeoff. The poor experience of the pilot on this high powered and complex aircraft as well as the low height reached did not allow the pilot to understand and manage the situation quickly and avoid the loss of control.
Final Report:

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Lyon: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 9, 2011 at 0912 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N228CX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Toussus-le-Noble - Lyon
MSN:
084
YOM:
1993
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2000
Circumstances:
The pilot departed Toussus-le-Noble Airport at 0810LT on an IFR flight to Lyon. After contacting ATC, the pilot was vectored for a LOC DME approach to runway 16 at Lyon-Bron Airport. He reported being established on localizer at 0907LT, then was transferred to the tower and was cleared to land. At 0910LT, he reported he was initiating a go-around and was instructed to climb to 3,000 feet maintaining a straight path. ATC requested twice the pilot to confirm the approach interruption but he failed to respond. A few moments later, the pilot reported 'Now, I'm not good at all'. The airplane crashed in a retention basin located 1,500 meters short of runway 16 threshold and caught fire. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control while approaching at a speed close to stall speed in clouds without any external visual references, in a phase of flight where the pilot encountered difficulties. Investigations were unable to determine the exact cause of the loss of control and the reason why the pilot was unable to regain control.
Final Report:

Serious incident with a Lockheed L-1011-385-1-14 TriStar 150 in Lyon

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2001 at 1856 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FTNA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lyon – Berlin
MSN:
1019
YOM:
1972
Flight number:
TS906
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
197
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
22000
Captain / Total hours on type:
2600.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
14300
Copilot / Total hours on type:
180
Aircraft flight hours:
66223
Aircraft flight cycles:
24979
Circumstances:
On 6 July 2001 at 18:46, a Lockheed TriStar operated by the Canadian airline Air Transat took off from runway 18R at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS), France for flight TSC906 to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) with 14 crew members and 197 passengers. At 18:50 the crew contacted Marseilles and requested a heading of 350 degrees to avoid the area of active clouds that the crew had noticed on their weather radar. The controller cleared the flight to climb to FL160, at the requested course. The flight was cleared to climb further to FL190 and at 18:55 instructed to turn right to the MOREG reporting point. During the turn towards the reporting point, while the autopilot was connected, the crew saw that they were approaching an active cell. The captain, who was PNF, instructed the copilot to tighten the turn, which reached a 45° bank angle. At 18:56 Marseille transferred the flight to Geneva Control. It was during this first turn to MOREG that the first burst of hail hit the plane for a duration of one to two seconds. Then a second hailstorm struck the plane, with a duration of 10 to 15 seconds. At that moment the captain took control of the aircraft putting the airplane in a 60° bank angle. The plane lost 500 feet altitude. The crew did not declare an emergency but advised ATC of his intention to turn back to Lyon. The captain asked the flight engineer to depressurize the cabin, which was conducted during descent. There was no rapid depressurization. The windshield of the cockpit was badly damaged. The copilot had the best visibility and carried out the final approach and landing at Lyon-Saint Exupery. The plane landed safely at 1916LT and all 211 occupants evacuated safely.
Probable cause:
This accident occurred due to the flight of the aircraft in a very active cloud area whose color symbolism on the weather radar on board was not representative of the severity of the phenomena encountered. Although the crew chose to avoid the most active sector of this storm, it nevertheless flew through an area whose color representation on the board radar showed no real activity.
Final Report: