Date & Time: Sep 26, 1925
Type of aircraft:
Potez 25
Operator:
Registration:
F-AHDC
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Etampes - Etampes
MSN:
2
YOM:
0
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Both French pilots 'Paul Tarascon' and 'François Coli' were performing a training flight to take part of the 'Orteig' prize rewarding the first north Atlantic nonstop flight between New York and Paris, either way. Crew left Etampes in the day for a nonstop training flight in the southwest region of Paris, overflying Chartres and Orleans before returning to Etampes. After a flight of twenty hours, while cruising by night and with a high outside temperature, both pilots doze off and did not realize the aircraft was flying too low. It hit a tree and crashed in flames in a field. Both crew were injured, Paul Tarascon was seriously burned. Aircraft named 'Ocean' was destroyed by fire.