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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 267600
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Time:c. 15:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft E18S
Owner/operator:Amicale Jean Baptiste Salis
Registration: F-AZEJ
MSN: BA-359
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Melun-Villaroche Airfield (LFPM) -   France
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Melun/Villaroche Airport (LFPM)
Destination airport:Melun/Villaroche Airport (LFPM)
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of the Beechcraft E18S, accompanied by a safety pilot, was performing a display flight at a an air show at Melun-Villaroche Airfield (LFPM). The take-off from runway 01 with an estimated tailwind component of 7 to 8 kt, followed shortly after a formation of seven T-6s.
The decision of the T-6 pilots to take off from runway 01 may have prompted the Beech 18 pilot not to take off from the longer runway 28 and to take off in tailwind conditions that he had little control over and for which the Beech 18 is known to be delicate.
The disturbances linked to the wake turbulence of the T-6s and the propeller blasts combined with those linked to the tailwind component could have surprised the pilot during the rotation and caused the aircraft to become unstable. The pilot was unable to regain control of the aircraft and the safety pilot aborted the takeoff. This action led to a lateral runway excursion but limited the consequences of the loss of control.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of F-AZEJ courtesy

La Ferté-Alais (LFFQ)
15 May 2016; (c) Kjell

LFPM 11.9.2021 15:34

Melun-Villaroche Air Legend 11-09-2021

Photo (c) Christian LAUGIER (two hours before the accident)

Photo (c) Christian LAUGIER

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Revision history:

11-Sep-2021 18:25 gerard57 Added
11-Sep-2021 19:48 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Sep-2021 22:49 Iceman 29 Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Sep-2021 22:54 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
12-Sep-2021 07:56 Loyal Wingman Updated [Photo]
12-Sep-2021 07:57 Anon. Updated [Photo]
12-Sep-2021 07:57 harro Updated [Narrative]
12-Sep-2021 19:52 Iceman 29 Updated [Operator, Nature, Embed code]
12-Sep-2021 19:56 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
14-Sep-2021 18:47 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]
25-Sep-2021 17:32 harro Updated [Destination airport, Source, Damage]
27-Sep-2021 08:25 harro Updated [Photo]
27-Sep-2021 08:27 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]
05-Sep-2022 08:03 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]
05-Sep-2022 08:04 harro Updated [Time]

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