Date & Time: Jul 8, 1930
Type of aircraft:
Latécoère 28
Operator:
Registration:
F-AJNQ
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Natal – Saint Louis
MSN:
919
YOM:
1930
Country:
Senegal
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On the 13 of May 1930, the crew completed a nonstop flight from Saint Louis (Senegal) to Natal in 21 hours and 10 minutes, establishing a new record. From the 8 of June till the 8 of July, the crew tried 52 times to fly back to Senegal, without success. Each time, a technical failure forced the crew to abandon. On the 8 of July, the aircraft completed eventually the flight from Natal to Saint Louis. While approaching the African coast, the engine failed, forcing the crew to attempt an emergency landing some 900 meters off shore. All three crew were quickly rescued by the crew of ship christened 'Phocée' while the aircraft christened 'Comte De La Vaux' sunk and was lost.
Crew:
Jean Mermoz, pilot,
Jean Dabry, mechanic,
Léopold Gimié, radio navigator.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.