Accident Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V CN-DAY, Saturday 5 January 2013
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Date:Saturday 5 January 2013
Time:13:26 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V
Registration: CN-DAY
MSN: 3449207
Year of manufacture:2001
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Saint-Pierre-de-Bressieux, French Alps -   France
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:LFLS
Destination airport:LERS
Investigating agency: BEA
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V was climbing from Grenoble when the tower lost the contact with the aircraft. The plane was heading to Casablanca, Morocco, via Reus, Spain.
A farmer saw the plane hitting a mountain near Saint-Pierre-de-Bressieux, French Alps.
The pilot, his wife and their 3 children were killed.

BEA final report:

"...3.2 Causes of the accident
An entrance to the cloudy area, voluntary or not, following a continuation of the flight in IMC who the pilot was not capable of mastering.
Strong motivation to realize the flight, consolidated by the shortly take-off of a DA42 towards the same destination, as well as the absence of IFR training in the flight without visibility probably contributed to the accident."


Revision history:

05-Jan-2013 10:24 Taregh Msr Added
05-Jan-2013 11:36 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport]
05-Jan-2013 12:04 slowkid Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2013 12:39 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
05-Jan-2013 13:20 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2013 06:03 harro Updated [Source]
06-Jan-2013 08:05 Vitellio Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2013 11:39 Vitellio Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2015 07:37 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
25-Apr-2017 14:34 Anon. Updated [Cn]

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