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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156897
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Registration: F-BOOJ
MSN: 31-59
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Glux-en-Glenne - Mount Beuvray, Nièvre -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Biarritz–Anglet–Bayonne Airport (BIQ/LFBZ)
Destination airport:Sarre-Union Airport (LFQU)
Written off (destroyed) 31 May 1974: On a trip from Biarritz to Sarre-Union, the aircraft flying VFR encountered downgraded meteorological conditions, with low cloud layers. As it descended to stay out of the clouds, the aircraft hit the ground in a mountaineous area near Glux-en-Glenne - Mount Beuvray, Nièvre. No aircraft failure has been reported, and no emergency was declared on the ATC. None of the occupants survived the impact.

This accident probably happened following the pilot's decision of descending to keep VFR conditions instead of passing IFR as the meteorological conditions worsened.

Registration F-BOOJ cancelled as aircraft "destroyed" 4 September 1974


1. Air-Britain: Colin M. Smith, Piper Aircraft
2. BEA (French NTSB) report, SCHMITT family

Revision history:

21-Jun-2013 17:00 Uli Elch Added
21-Jun-2013 17:08 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Narrative]
31-Aug-2013 19:34 f-gdsu Updated [Date, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2015 16:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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