Date & Time: Nov 27, 1940
Type of aircraft:
Farman NC.223
Operator:
Registration:
F-AROA
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Marseille – Beyrouth – Damascus
MSN:
2
YOM:
1939
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
5
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
While cruising off Sardinia on a flight to Beyrouth and Damascus, the radio navigator sent a message that he was hit by enemy fire. Shortly later, the aircraft christened 'Le Verrier' crashed into the sea some 50 km off the Cape Spartivento, south of Sardinia. SAR did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the six occupants. At the time of the accident, Italian and British fighters were taking part to a battle in the area.
Crew:
Henri Guillaumet, pilot,
Marcel Reine, copilot,
Jean Le Duff, radio navigator,
Fernand Franques, flight engineer,
Lucien Montaubin. second flight engineer.
Passenger:
Jean Chiappe, High Civil Commissioner of France to Levant (Lebanon and Syria).
Probable cause:
Shot down by an Italian or a British fighter.