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Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Mouffy: 6 killed

Date & Time: Nov 19, 2013 at 1116 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N115KC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Annecy - Toussus-le-Noble
MSN:
239
YOM:
2002
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
1430
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Annecy-Meythet Airport at 1033LT on a flight to Toussus-le-Noble, carrying five passengers and one pilot. The flying time was approximately one hour under IFR mode. At 1111LT, while cruising at FL180 near Auxerre, heading to EBOMA, the pilot informed ATC he was ready for the descent. He was cleared to descend to FL120 when the aircraft started to drift to the left of the airway. Two minutes later, ATC informed the pilot about the deviation and the pilot acknowledged and initiated a turn to the right when control was lost. The airplane entered a dive and reached an excessive vertical speed until it crashed in an open field. The airplane disintegrated on impact and all six occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Investigation did not reveal any technical element that could have contributed to the accident. However, considering the fact that the aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact, it was not possible to carry out all the examinations generally carried out on a wreck. It is possible the aircraft was flying in moderate icing conditions. Investigation could not determine if the deicing systems were activated. However, analysis of the flight path shows that the cruising speed was stable until the descent, which tends to indicate an absence of icing of the aircraft in normal cruise. A rapid and heavy icing of the aircraft during the descent making the aircraft to be difficult to control seems unlikely given the icing conditions predicted by Météo France. Investigations were unable to determine the reasons for the loss of control. Maybe it occurred during an unusual situation or any failure. Whatever the reasons, the lack of experience of the pilot on TBM-700, especially in the absence of visual references, may increase his workload beyond his capabilities, not allowing him to regain control of the aircraft. Once the loss of control occurred, given the weather conditions, it is very likely that the pilot did not recover any visual references until the collision with the ground.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690B near Auxerre: 5 killed

Date & Time: Feb 21, 1981
Operator:
Registration:
D-IKOC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lyon - Paris
MSN:
690B-11498
YOM:
1977
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Lyon-Bron Airport on a taxi flight to Paris-Le Bourget. En route, it went out of control and crashed in unknown circumstances in an open field located near Auxerre. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Potez 62 in Auxerre

Date & Time: Dec 10, 1935
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-ANPH
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Marseille – Lyon – Paris
MSN:
3845/2
YOM:
1935
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, while flying over the Morvan mountains, crew encountered poor weather conditions with snow falls and icing. The right engine failed, most probably due to icing and the captain decided to divert to Auxerre Airport for a safe landing. On approach, the left engine failed as well. Aware he was unable to reach the airport, captain decided to make an emergency landing in a snow covered field few km short of runway. The touch down was heavy and the aircraft christened 'Cormoran' slid for several yards before coming to rest. All seven occupants were unhurt and could evacuate the cabin and unloaded all mail bags and cargo when 15 minutes later, a fire erupted and consumed the aircraft that was destroyed.
Crew:
Mr. Chovard, pilot,
Mr. Doussemain, radio navigator,
Mr. Berbruck, engineer,
Mr. Lachance, steward.
Probable cause:
Engine failure caused by icing.

Crash of a Blério Spad 56/4 in Sens

Date & Time: Oct 25, 1930
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-AIYA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Paris – Marseille
MSN:
18/4411
YOM:
24
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Pilot left Paris-Le Bourget for a mail flight to Marseille and flew bound to the south. After passing over Fontainebleau, while approaching Sens, the pilot René Charpentier encountered technical problems and attempted to make an emergency landing. Aircraft eventually came to rest in a prairie and was damaged beyond repair. The pilot was unhurt.
Probable cause:
Unknown technical failure.