Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pilatus PC-12/47, Air-Sarina, HB-FPZ: Accident occurred August 24, 2012 in Solemont (Doubs), France

NTSB Identification: CEN12WA674
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, August 24, 2012 in Solemont (Doubs), France
Aircraft: , registration:
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 24, 2012, at 1558 universal coordinated time, a Pilatus PC-12/47, Swiss registration HB-FPZ, operated by Air Sarina GmbH, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Solemont (Doubs), France. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from Antwerp (EBAW), Belgium, and was en route to Saanen (LSGK), Switzerland.

On August 24, 2012, at 1558 universal coordinated time, a Pilatus PC-12/47, Swiss registration HB-FPZ, operated by Air Sarina GmbH, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Solemont (Doubs), France. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from Antwerp (EBAW), Belgium, and was en route to Saanen (LSGK), Switzerland.

Preliminary information from investigators indicate the airplane broke up in flight. There was a post-impact fire. Weather at LFSX at 1600 UTC was as follows: Wind, variable at 3 knots; ceiling 900 feet, broken; 1,300 feet overcast; temperature, 20 degrees Celsius (C.); dew point, 18 degrees C.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the
French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the French government or BEA.

Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau
Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses
Zone Sud
200 rue de Paris
Aêroport du Bourget
93350 Le Bourget Cedex
France
Tél. : +33 1 49 92 72 00
Fax : +33 1 49 92 72 03
www.bea.aero


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A tourist plane with four people on board crashed near Montbeliard in eastern France on Friday, officials said.

 Local police said the plane had taken off from Belgium and was headed to Switzerland. All four occupants were Swiss.

Rescuers found wreckage of the plane about 40 minutes after it sent a distress call. There was no immediate sign of survivors.

Local mayor Didier Grillot said several witnesses had told him the plane was struck by lightning.

"There's nothing but a mass of debris, the plane was torn to pieces," he said after visiting the crash site.


 Four Swiss citizens died when their light airplane crashed near Montbéliard, eastern France, on Friday evening. Local people say the plane was struck by lightning.

The aircraft took off from Antwerp in Belgium and was heading for Switzerland when it crashed in Solemont, near Montbéliard.

Police at first said that three people were in the plane but aviation officials later said that four Swiss nationals got on board before take-off.

Belfort public prosecutor Alexandre Chevrier on Saturday morning confirmed that there were no survivors.

The plane sent out a distress signal at about 6.00pm before plummeting into rocks, scattering debris over a large area.

The cause of the crash has not yet been officially determined but a storm was taking place at the time and several local people have told Solemont mayor Didier Grillot that they saw lighting hit the aircraft.

Economy Minister Pierre Moscovici, who is also a local councillor, expressed his deep sympathy for the victims’s families.

Tourist plane explodes after struck by lightning

­A tourist plane with four people on board has crashed after being hit by a lightning, 500 meters from the town of Solemont, France, killing all on board. The light plane, built by Pilatus Aircraft, took off from Belgium and was headed to Switzerland. All four occupants were Swiss. 
 
Rescuers found wreckage of the plane about 40 minutes after it sent a distress call. “There’s nothing but a mass of debris, the plane was torn to pieces,” said Solemont Mayor Didier Grillot.

Quatre Suisses ont été tués vendredi lorsque l’avion de tourisme à bord duquel ils se trouvaient s’est écrasé au sud de Montbéliard (France).

Des techniciens spécialistes en catastrophes aériennes sont venus de Paris samedi prêter main forte à la gendarmerie du Doubs pour investiguer le site du crash aérien dans lequel quatre Suisses ont péri vendredi soir. L’avion de tourisme à bord duquel les victimes se trouvaient s’est écrasé au sud de Montbéliard (France).

Suspendues vendredi peu après 21h00, les recherches ont repris samedi matin, a indiqué à l’ats la brigade de gendarmerie de Pont-de- Roide.

Les causes du crash étaient toujours indéterminées, mais de fortes précipitations tombaient sur la région au moment où l’accident s’est produit et la visibilité était limitée. Un point de presse est prévu vers 16h00.

L’avion, un appareil de type PC-12 qui avait décollé d’Anvers en Belgique et se dirigeait vers la Suisse, s’est écrasé à proximité de la commune de Solemont vers 18h00. Les débris de l’appareil ont été retrouvés vers 18h30, a indiqué vendredi la préfecture.

Dans un communiqué publié tard vendredi, le ministre de l’Economie et des Finances et conseiller délégué de l’agglomération du Pays de Montbéliard, Pierre Moscovici, fait part de son «émotion» et de «sa profonde sympathie» à l’égard des victimes.

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