Date & Time: Apr 21, 1919 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft:
Caudron C.23
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Villacoublay - Rome
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crew was performing the first postal flight between Paris and Rome, Italy. Aircraft left Villacoublay Airport at 0600LT. While overflying Drôme, aircraft encountered strong winds from the north and one of the engines seems to have problems. Crew elected to make an emergency landing but aircraft eventually crashed in an open field located in Coinaud, near Saint-Rambert-d’Albon. Both crew were killed.
Crew:
Jules Védrines, pilot
Marcel Guillain, navigator.