ASN Aircraft accident Latécoère 631 F-BDRD St. Marcouf
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Date:Saturday 21 February 1948
Type:Silhouette image of generic l631 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Latécoère 631
Registration: F-BDRD
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off St. Marcouf (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Le Havre Seaplane Base, France
Destination airport:Biscarrosse-Hourtiquets Seaplane Base, France
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.

» Singleton Argus (Monday 23 February 1948)


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Distance from Le Havre Seaplane Base to Biscarrosse-Hourtiquets Seaplane Base as the crow flies is 572 km (357 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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