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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28121
Last updated: 22 November 2019
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Date:25-JAN-1930
Time:night
Type:Latécoère 26-6
Owner/operator:Cie Generale L'Aéropostale
Registration: F-AJCL
C/n / msn: 691
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, between Ceuta and Melilla -   Morocco
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Casablanca, Morocco
Destination airport:Alicante Airport, Alicante, Spain
Narrative:
F-AJCL Latecoere 26/6 (MSN 691); first registered 13.5.29 (C of R 2099) to Cie Generale L'Aeropostale, Paris (based Toulouse).

Written off (destroyed) 25.1.30: aircraft was operating a cargo/mail flight from Argentina to France (routed Buenos Aires – Montevideo – Natal – Recife – Dakar – Casablanca – Alicante – Barcelona – Perpignan – Toulouse). On the leg from Casablanca to Alicante, while cruising by night between Morocco and Spain, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with thunderstorms. The crew tried to land at Tangiers, but the adverse weather probably prevented this. The radio ground staff picked up their last message and heard an engine noise. The storm then became so violent that the pylons of the radio station had to be shut down.

Aircraft went out of control and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Morocco, probably between Ceuta and Melilla (two Spanish territorial enclaves within Morocco). SAR searches were organised, but all operations were suspended after few days, as the authorities did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the crew. More than a month later, in March 1930, a mail package was found, washed shore on a beach at Mostaganem, Algeria.

Crew:
Alphonse Bruyère, pilot,
Léopold Aubry, radio navigator.

Registration F-AJCL cancelled as "destroyed" February 1930

Sources:

1. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Léopold_Aubry
2. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/f-aaaa.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_F-5.html
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-latecoere-256-mediterranean-sea-2-killed

Léopold Aubry in front of a Latécoère 26-6 in 1929: Léopold Aubry dvt son Laté 26-6

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Jan-2019 12:51 Sergey L. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Mar-2019 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Mar-2019 20:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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