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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24420
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Time:c. 13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV
Registration: D-EKUS
MSN: 28R-8031090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Briancon -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Würzburg-Schenkenturm
Destination airport:Cannes-Mandelieu
Investigating agency: BEA
Le PA 28 D-EKUS, en provenance de Würzburg-Schenkenturm dans le Bade-Wurtemberg, est en route vers Cannes-Mandelieu en vol VFR. Alors qu'il survole les Alpes en montée constante, le pilote est progressivement confronté à des conditions météorologiques défavorables. L'appareil casse en vol et les débris sont retrouvés dans une région escarpée.

Probable causes

The rupture in flight of the airplane, while it had just made a half-turn, is due to a loss of control and the application of too strong constraints on the airframe under positive load factor.

The following factors contributed to the occurrence of the accident:

- short preparation of the flight which contributed to the choice of flying over the Alps where bad weather conditions were forecast,
- hypoxia phenomenon,
- entry into the clouds with loss of visual references,
- icing and turbulence in clouds,
- pilot fatigue due to the duration of the flight and the poor weather conditions encountered.

Hamburger Abenblatt 17 May 1997

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

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
26-Dec-2017 13:19 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Feb-2018 08:07 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2018 13:37 TB Updated [Cn]

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