Date & Time: Nov 17, 1997 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Marseille - Marseille
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew departed Marseille-Marignane Airport with three other similar aircraft to conduct a training mission in the bay of La Ciotat. Following several scooping manoeuvres, the crew simulated an engine failure and then performed a complete landing when the aircraft suffered severe vibrations. The crew increased engine power in an attempt to take off when the seaplane overturned and came to rest upside down. The copilot was seriously injured while the captain was killed.
It was reported that the hatches were open when the aircraft landed on the sea, causing severe vibrations and the subsequent loss of control.