Through Anne-Sophie Hourdeaux
updated on 12 Jun 21 at 17:45
Terrible drama this Saturday June 12, 2021 in the metropolis of Lille. Three people, according to a first provisional report, died in the plane crash in Wambrechies. The small aircraft had just taken off from the aerodrome of Bondues.
Specialized investigators on site
The unusual noise and then the black smoke quickly alerted residents of the area. A tourist plane crashed at midday in the activity area near the Tomato Cherry restaurant in Wambrechies.
Very quickly on site, firefighters, air gendarmes, national and municipal police officers, and the mayor Stéphanie Brogniart mobilized. The forensic institute, the representative of the prosecution and civil aviation investigators followed.
All of them were activated around the wreckage of the plane, completely destroyed and charred.
A tourist plane (certainly taken off from Bondues) has just crashed in the Lille metropolis 😧😧😧 pic.twitter.com/2MKQCLp9jO
— Sergio ️💢 (@Sergio_teuteur) June 12, 2021
A plane from Béziers: three dead
According to information gathered on the spot, the plane had arrived from Béziers and had stopped off at Bondues aerodrome. From there, it took off again in the direction of Antwerp in Belgium around 11:30 am this Saturday.
On board the aircraft, there were at least three people, two in their sixties and one in their thirties. They were apparently on their way to visit family in Belgium. None therefore survived.
The authorities have been trying since noon to determine the number of occupants in the plane. But also and above all, why it crashed just after takeoff. For the time being, the investigations are continuing, but the public prosecutor Carole Étienne evokes with the AFP possible engine failure.
“We escaped an even greater catastrophe”
“We escaped an even bigger disaster, the plane did not crash in a residential area, and avoided nearby warehouses,” commented Stéphane Brogniart, mayor of Wambrechies. “It’s a terrible drama, it’s very sad. “
In the town, it is consternation. And if, according to the mayor, the time has not yet come and “we must especially not throw stones”, there will “perhaps be questions to ask” in the future. In recent years, the surroundings of Bondues aerodrome have become abundantly urbanized and this tragedy, as rare as it is, reminds us that a disaster can unfortunately happen.