Three Reported Dead in GIV Crash in France

 - July 13, 2012, 12:04 PM

Local city officials confirmed that three pilots were killed when a Gulfstream GIV crashed on landing at Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ) in the south of France. The accident happened at just before 3 p.m. local time on July 13.

A short statement from the prefecture of Le Castellet said that there were no passengers on board the long-range business jet and that the three killed were American pilots, two men (aged 24 and 61) and a 30-year-old woman. As of press time, no details about the airplane’s tail number or ownership were available.

Local media reports described witness accounts suggesting that the aircraft broke into two with one part ending up in a lake next to the airport and the other part catching fire. The reports, not confirmed directly by authorities, also said that there had been no passengers on board the flight, which was to reposition the aircraft from nearby Nice.


Certainly a contributing factor in this accident is the lack of a reasonable parking plan at Nice. We are many times forced to reposition our aircraft to other airports around Nice because they cannot figure out how to park aircraft at this airport. The bizarre parking program at Nice use about 50% of the ramp space available and they could easily accomodate twice the number of aircraft that they allow. It is always nice to arrive at Nice after a long oceanic flight, spend an hour jacking around with the handlers and then have to take another 30-60 mintue flight leg to "park." They are idiots at this airport! They positively have a place in the error chain leading to this tragic event.

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