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Date:26-FEB-2020
Time:03:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Aéropyrénées
Registration: F-GCJE
C/n / msn: 44-8095025
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Corneilla-del-Vercol, Pyrénées-Orientales (66) -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Perpignan-Llabanere Airport (PGF/LFMP)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: BEA
Narrative:
A Piper PA-44-180 Seminole crashed under unknown circumstances in a field at Els Emprius, near Perpignan at night and was only discovered at 07:40 in the morning.

The sole occupant was killed and the aircraft destroyed.

According to a source close to the investigation, the impact was violent. The aircraft would have completely disintegrated. The accident went unnoticed, and the alert was not given until daybreak.

The plane was allegedly stolen overnight by a young italian guy who passed through civil defense premises. Traces of break-in were reportedly observed. The flight departed unnoticed: the control tower was unoccupied overnight.

Yuri Martelli was a young Italian of Brazilian origin, living in Massa, a seaside town in Tuscany. Studying in a hotel school, the young man had been missing for twenty days. His parents were summoned by the gendarmes in France and officially recognized the victim, notably thanks to his clothes.

The young man had no aviation certificate and had never flown any aircraft. But he had a passion for aviation and trained in flight simulators.

Sources:

BEA
https://www.lindependant.fr/2020/02/26/corneilla-del-vercol-un-homme-retrouve-mort-dans-un-mysterieux-crash-davion,8757150.php
https://www.lasemaineduroussillon.com/2020/02/26/avion-prive-crashe-corneilla-del-vercol-un-mort/
https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/il-derobe-un-avion-survole-perpignan-en-rase-mottes-et-se-crashe-dans-un-champ-1582739223
https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/faits-divers-justice/a-perpignan-le-mysterieux-pilote-decede-dans-un-crash-n-avait-jamais-vole-1583516278?fbclid=IwAR0OXBZprGOlv7HHVkiid69zAQFTQcOv6IY5AyYJGnN1sdeAcRWdjbDhMnY
https://iltirreno.gelocal.it/massa/cronaca/2020/03/02/news/bravata-o-folle-gioco-la-polizia-francese-sta-indagando-sulla-tragedia-del-piper-1.38540754?refresh_ce

Data ___________________

http://www.pictaero.com/fr/pictures/picture,270866 (photo)

BEA ___________________

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— BEA ✈️ 🚁🛩 🇫🇷 (@BEA_Aero) February 27, 2020

Images:

Photo of F-GCJE courtesy AirHistory.net


Perpignan - Rivesaltes (LFMP / PGF)
4 August 2011; (c) T.Laurent


© Dominique "Hydra" WEIGEL 2019 / with his kind permission.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2020 10:06 harro Added
26-Feb-2020 10:09 harro Updated [Time, Operator]
26-Feb-2020 11:40 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:16 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 19:17 Iceman 29 Updated [Location]
26-Feb-2020 19:22 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
26-Feb-2020 19:31 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
26-Feb-2020 19:41 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Photo]
26-Feb-2020 20:12 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 08:36 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 11:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
27-Feb-2020 16:20 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
27-Feb-2020 20:39 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
27-Feb-2020 20:42 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Mar-2020 16:29 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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