ASN Aircraft accident SNCAC (Farman) NC.223.4 F-AROA Cape Spartivento, Sardinia, Italy
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Date:Wednesday 27 November 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic f220 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
SNCAC (Farman) NC.223.4
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-AROA
MSN: 2
First flight:
Engines: 4 Hispano-Suiza 12Y-37
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 50 S off Cape Spartivento, Sardinia, Italy (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Bizerte Airfield (DTTB), Tunisia
A SNCAC (Farman) NC.223.4 mail plane, named La Verrier, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea while on a mail flight from Marseille, France, to Bizerte, Beirut and Damascus.
On board was the newly-appointed Vichy High Commissioner to Lebanon and Syria, M. Jean Chiappe.
The airplane likely strayed into the battle zone of the Battle of Cape Spartivento. That day British and Italian naval ships were involved in a battle. The crew reportedly radioed that they were hit by machine-gun fire.

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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Bizerte Airfield as the crow flies is 784 km (490 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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