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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193881
Last updated: 6 August 2019
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Date:02-APR-1930
Time:day
Type:Latécoere 340
Owner/operator:Latécoere
Registration: F-AKDI
C/n / msn: 01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, Pyrénées-Orientales department -   France
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, Pyrénées-Orientales department
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Latécoère 340 flew for the first time in February 1930 at Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque, piloted by Prévot. During that month and the next, the aircraft's trials went promisingly. It seemed to have the calculated performance and could maintain height under full load on the power of two engines. However, on 2 April 1930 it was demonstrated to a French Navy official. It broke up in the air, killing both Prévot and his mechanic M. Hoff.

The accident was ascribed to pilot error, with the suggestion that in his enthusiasm to demonstrate the aircraft's potential, Prévot exceed the safe speed range. It was the end of the programme, and F-AKDI was the only one built.

Sources:

1. Cuny, Jean (1992). Latécoère Les avions et hydravions. Paris pp108-111: Editions Larivière. ISBN 2-84890-067-9.
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat%C3%A9co%C3%A8re_340
3. http://airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_F-7.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque
5. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/f-aaaa.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Feb-2017 18:30 TB Added
10-Feb-2019 13:38 Sergey L. Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2019 19:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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