What there is to know :
– A tourist plane crashed into the Wambrechies business area on Saturday shortly before noon. The aircraft crashed behind the Cherry Tomato restaurant. Many residents attended the scene.
– According to our information, the accident killed three people from Béziers. It would be a couple and a child, who is not theirs. They were heading for Antwerp (Belgium) and had just left Bondues aerodrome.
– The public prosecutor must hold a press conference to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy.
4:23 p.m. “We are trying to determine the number of victims, which could amount to three”
According to our information, there will be no press conference by the public prosecutor. To AFP, she explains that ” we are trying to determine the number of victims, which could amount to three », Indicates Carole Etienne.
The plane, apparently a Robin H-100 4-seater according to Ms. Étienne, was probably the victim of an engine failure. The Lille prosecutor’s office was responsible for the investigation, jointly entrusted to the Air Transport Research Section (SRTA), the Civil Aviation Investigation and Analysis Bureau (BEA) and the North DDSP. Forensic investigations are underway.
4:14 p.m. Crashes in Pas-de-Calais in 2015 and 2018
The last plane crashes in Nord and Pas-de-Calais date back to 2015 and 2018. Six years ago, a tourist plane crashed in Roclincourt, killing one and two seriously injured. Three years ago, the crash of a vintage plane in Lens-Bénifontaine killed two people.
4:09 p.m .: “It shook so much”
he shook so much that I thought something had happened in my building », Says Typhaine, 26 years old. ” I went to look at the window, lots of people were running, and were already calling for help. I am very shocked », She says.
3.30 p.m. “I saw the plane fall”
Fabrice was in Robersart Park at the time of the tragedy. ” I saw the plane fall. I thought he was flying way too low. He was obviously having trouble climbing into the sky. I was scared because my daughter doesn’t live very far ».
3:29 p.m. “A thud and a lot of sirens”
Élodie Dievart, municipal councilor in Wambrechies: “ I live in an apartment right next to the accident site. I heard a thud without knowing what it was. And then a lot of sirens ».
2:36 p.m. “We escaped an even greater catastrophe”, according to the mayor
According to the mayor of Wambrechies Stéphane Brogniart, quoted by Actu.fr, “ we escaped an even bigger disaster, the plane did not crash in a residential area, and avoided nearby warehouses ».
2:32 p.m. The firefighters are always on site, according to our journalist on site
2:25 p.m. The plane crashed at 11:45 a.m.
2 p.m. “We heard a loud engine noise, and then after a big boom”,
A local woman testifies: ” We heard a loud engine noise, and then after a big boom “. She lives right next to the Wambrechies business area. The plane crashed at the end of a parking lot, no offices and no homes were affected.