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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
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Date:Saturday 21 February 1948
Type:Latécoère 631
Operator:Latécoère
Registration: F-BDRD
C/n / msn: 7
First flight: 1948-01-26 ()
Engines: 6 Wright R-2600-A5B Cyclone
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off St. Marcouf (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Le Havre Seaplane Base, France
Destination airport:Biscarrosse/Parentis Airport (LFBS), France
Narrative:
A Latécoère 631 flying boat, F-BDRD, was destroyed when it crashed into the English Channel, off St. Marcouf, France. All nineteen on board were killed.
The Latécoère 631 was en route to Biscarrosse, France when it encountered adverse weather conditions. It apparently struck the surface of the sea while flying through a snow storm.

Sources:
» Singleton Argus (Monday 23 February 1948)


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Distance from Le Havre Seaplane Base to Biscarrosse/Parentis Airport as the crow flies is 572 km (358 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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