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Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Date:26-FEB-2020
Time:03:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Aéropyrénées
Registration: F-GCJE
MSN: 44-8095025
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Corneilla-del-Vercol, Pyrénées-Orientales (66) -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Perpignan-Llabanere Airport (PGF/LFMP)
Destination airport:-
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
A young Italian male scaled the fence of Perpignan-Llabanere Airport at night and was able to gain access to Piper PA-44-180 Seminole F-GCJE because the door was not locked.
He started the engines and took off from a taxiway. The person flying the plane had no pilot training but was reportedly used computer based flight simulators.
He flew for about an hour at low altitude until the aircraft impacted terrain about 03:15.

Sources:

BEA
https://www.lindependant.fr/2020/02/26/corneilla-del-vercol-un-homme-retrouve-mort-dans-un-mysterieux-crash-davion,8757150.php
https://www.lasemaineduroussillon.com/2020/02/26/avion-prive-crashe-corneilla-del-vercol-un-mort/
https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/il-derobe-un-avion-survole-perpignan-en-rase-mottes-et-se-crashe-dans-un-champ-1582739223
https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/a-perpignan-le-mysterieux-pilote-decede-dans-un-crash-n-avait-jamais-vole-1583516278?fbclid=IwAR0OXBZprGOlv7HHVkiid69zAQFTQcOv6IY5AyYJGnN1sdeAcRWdjbDhMnY
https://iltirreno.gelocal.it/massa/cronaca/2020/03/02/news/bravata-o-folle-gioco-la-polizia-francese-sta-indagando-sulla-tragedia-del-piper-1.38540754?refresh_ce

Data ___________________

http://www.pictaero.com/fr/pictures/picture,270866 (photo)

BEA ___________________

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report

Media:

pic.twitter.com/XNRwZY0xTw

— BEA ✈️ 🚁🛩 🇫🇷 (@BEA_Aero) February 27, 2020

Images:

Photo of F-GCJE courtesy AirHistory.net


Perpignan - Rivesaltes (LFMP / PGF)
4 August 2011; (c) T.Laurent


© Dominique "Hydra" WEIGEL 2019 / with his kind permission.


Photo: BEA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2020 10:06 harro Added
26-Feb-2020 10:09 harro Updated [Time, Operator]
26-Feb-2020 11:40 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:16 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:17 Iceman 29 Updated [Location]
26-Feb-2020 19:22 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
26-Feb-2020 19:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
26-Feb-2020 19:41 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Photo]
26-Feb-2020 20:12 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 08:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 11:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
27-Feb-2020 16:20 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 20:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
27-Feb-2020 20:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Mar-2020 16:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Jan-2021 17:22 harro Updated [Time, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
14-Apr-2021 17:26 harro Updated [Accident report]

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