Incident Morane-Saulnier MS 406 n° 63,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192850
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Date:Monday 15 January 1940
Type:Morane-Saulnier MS 406
Owner/operator:GC I/9 Armée de l’Air
Registration: n° 63
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Oran-La Sénia airfield -   Algeria
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Oran-La Sénia airfield
Destination airport:Oran-La Sénia airfield
On 15 January 1940 a pilot of GC I/9, sergent-chef Henri de Granpre took off from Oran-La Sénia airfield for a training flight, involving maneuvers, dogfight and camera gun fire. After the sortie he landed normally at 1040 hrs on the airfield but the wheels of the fighter suddenly went down in a water puddle and the aircraft overturned. The pilot was unhurt but the Morane was too heavily damaged to be repaired by the local park and was sent to the ARMA. The accident report shows it was written off. The cause of the accident was identified as the bad state of the runway and some parts of it were closed and all flights were later cancelled when the runway was wet.


Carton 2B142 des Archives de l’Armée de l’Air, SHAA (covering French Air Force accidents between 1st December 1939 and 15 January 1940)

Revision history:

15-Jan-2017 08:52 Laurent Rizzotti Added
15-Jan-2017 09:15 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date]
24-Dec-2019 16:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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