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Old 27th Nov 2008, 15:38
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Airbus crash/training flight

From French News channel LCI, an airbus 320 doing flight test with five people on board as ditched and is sinking near Perpignan. any more news on that?
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 15:55
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Infos en direct et en vido, l'actualit en temps rel - tf1.fr

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Old 27th Nov 2008, 15:56
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Airbus crash/training flight

BBC five live as of now...Airbus crash (training flight) in sea.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 15:58
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Apparently landing went wrong.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 15:59
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A320

5 people onboard according official statements
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:08
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Given the distance between the R/W @ PGF and the Med a bit worse than a landing gone wrong. Seems it was training ( I guess touch & go's for new guys ) Anyone's guess how an unstallable wunderbus could get dropped into the sea a few miles short of the R/W though.
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Airline from unconfirmed sources is STARDUST
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:16
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PGF

There were several Airbus A320 Family Aircraft on MX with EAS yesterday at PGF, could be one of those ? Non of them were Air France Airframes though.

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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:27
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CNN: New Zealand A320, 5 to 7 onboard
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:30
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Airbus A320 -232 2500 ZK-OJL Air New Zealand ferried 27nov08 PGF-FRA in full cs, D-reg prior ferry to NZ ex D-AXLA
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:34
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A320 said to ditch off French coast during training flight

Seven people were on board an Airbus A320 aircraft, belonging to Air New Zealand, which has ditched off the coast of France during a training flight.

A spokeswoman for the French coast guard Gendarmerie Maritime says the precise location of the twin-jet is unclear, but that the organisation believes it to be between 1km and 5km from the coast near Perpignan.

She adds that the jet belonged to Air New Zealand and is lying 20-30m below the surface of the water.

The condition of the seven occupants is unknown, she says. The aircraft came down at about 17:00.

Airbus has so far been unable to provide any further details.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:36
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French news tv BFM-TV mentions a Neo-Z Airbus 320, with seven on board. Not a training flight, but a post-maintenance flight.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:38
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Photos: Airbus A320-232 Aircraft Pictures | Airliners.net
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 16:54
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Here at the Beeb we've spoken to an XL Germany spokesman who has given us the following:


The plane was being returned to an aircraft leasing company. It was being given a maintenance check at Perpignan airport.

The aircraft appears to have crashed into the sea off the south east French coast during test flights following the maintenance work.

XL Germany says there were two flight crew from XL Germany and 3-5 engineers on board

Hope this helps.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 17:05
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From wikipedia - Air New Zealand

Airbus A320-200
12 (1 Order)
152 (8/0/144)
Domestic, Select Tasman (except Perth) & Pacific
Operated by: Zeal320.
Currently undergoing cabin refit.
1 Aircraft currently with New Interior.
10 Aircraft are leased
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 17:08
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Shame. Flew this a/c 3 months ago
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 17:20
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One body recovered - French TV

Latest here. Pretty grim.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 17:45
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Reuters wire

(Reuters) - An Air New Zealand
Airbus A320 aircraft on a test flight crashed into the sea off
France's southwest coast on Thursday, killing at least one
person with a further six still missing, officials said.
"An aircraft crashed at around 5.00 p.m. (1600 GMT) off the
coast near Perpignan. It was an A320," said a spokesman for the
maritime prefecture, the regional authority that covers the area
in southwestern France.
The A320 is manufactured by Airbus, a unit of European
aerospace group EADS.
"Seven people were involved. We have recovered one dead
body," another spokesman for the Pyrenees-Orientales prefecture,
in southwestern France said.
The Pyrenees-Orientales prefecture said the plane was on a
"technical flight" and was being serviced by a company based in
Perpignan, a southwestern city on the Mediterranean coast.
Officials from the DGAC, the French civil aviation authority
were checking reports of the crash.
There was no immediate comment from Airbus, a unit of
European aerospace group EADS.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 17:53
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19:20 update

Recent info (19:20 UTC+1) from regional newpaper stating that one body was recoverd and transported to Perpignan hospital, 6 persons missing. Also indicated that debris is spread over hundreds of metres around impact point. Sad.
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Old 27th Nov 2008, 18:10
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The 28th Nov is fast becoming a bad bad for NZ aviation. It is also the anniversary of Erebus accident.

Fingers crossed that we get some good news on survivors
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