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Date:24-JUL-2019
Time:12:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EV97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Evektor EV-97 EuroStar
Owner/operator:Commercial - North East Aviation LTD
Registration: G-SJES
C/n / msn: 2918
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Pré-la-Font, Larche, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Barcelonnette Airfield (BAE/LFMR)
Destination airport:Castelnuovo don Bosco Airfield (LILF)
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
The pilot took off with a passenger from the Barcelonnette aerodrome to Italy via the Larche Pass, aboard an Evektor EV97 Eurostar. He was accompanied by three other planes, Taylor Monoplanes. After gaining altitude over the village of Larche, the pilot entered the valley to the east of the village, followed by the three planes. After a few seconds they realized that they had entered the wrong valley and turned around, except for one of the Monoplanes (G-AWGZ) that did not have enough height to turn around and made an emergency landing. The pilot, who was coming out of the valley, made another U-turn to the left and one of the Monoplane pilots saw him spinning and colliding with the ground.

Contributing Factors:
- The pilot's lack of experience which, combined with the stress caused by the Monoplane accident, may have led to inappropriate piloting during the turn.
- The absence of a stall warning on the ultralight, which might have allowed the pilot to react before the loss of control.
- The lack of a natural horizon, a feature of mountain flying to which the ultralight pilot was not accustomed, may also have contributed to the loss of control.
This may have contributed to placing the pilots in this situation:
- The failure of the Monoplane pilots to detect the navigational error that led them to enter a valley that the performance of their aircraft did not allow them to cross.
- Their inexperience in mountain flying, which may have led them to belatedly identify the impossibility of continuing the flight safely in this valley.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-49108617
https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/deux-morts-collision-entre-deux-avions-loisirs-alpes-hautes-provence-1703180.html
https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-diver-justice/deux-morts-dans-le-crash-de-deux-avions-de-loisirs-dans-les-alpes-de-haut-provence-1563964296
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2019-07-25/local-news/Two-Britons-killed-in-France-plane-crash-were-on-trip-of-a-lifetime-to-Malta-report-6736211351
https://www.ledauphine.com/haute-provence/2019/07/24/collision-en-vol-deux-avions-de-tourisme-se-crashent-dans-le-secteur-du-col-de-larche
https://lovinmalta.com/news/holiday-of-a-lifetime-to-malta-ends-in-tragedy-after-plane-crash-in-the-french-alps/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/breaking-two-brits-dead-one-18766785
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-first-picture-british-pilot-18769154
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alps-plane-pilot-deliberately-crash-18794468
https://netnews.com.mt/2019/07/25/imutu-wara-li-waqghu-zewg-ajruplani-fi-triqthom-lejn-malta-intervista-esklussiva/
https://netnews.com.mt/2019/07/26/lewis-stubbs-hu-z-zaghzugh-li-tilef-hajtu-fi-triqtu-lejn-malta/
https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pilot-passenger-killed-while-on-lifetime-trip-to-malta.724447
https://www.bea.aero/en/investigation-reports/notified-events/detail/event/accident-de-levektor-aerotechnik-ev97-immatricule-g-sjes-survenu-le-24072019-a-larche-04/
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https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7619329 (Photo)
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https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/227527

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of G-SJES courtesy AirHistory.net


Eshott
22 September 2012; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jul-2019 11:00 gerard57 Added
24-Jul-2019 11:18 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
24-Jul-2019 11:25 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
24-Jul-2019 11:27 Iceman 29 Updated [Departure airport, Embed code]
24-Jul-2019 11:57 gerard57 Updated [Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 12:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 12:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 13:01 harro Updated [Source]
24-Jul-2019 20:25 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2019 11:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
03-Aug-2019 16:04 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Sep-2019 11:51 MarkStep Updated [Source]
11-Sep-2019 05:35 MarkStep Updated [Source]
10-Apr-2020 19:43 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
16-Jun-2020 19:47 EshottAirfield Updated [Operator]

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