The french Coastguard Agency is reporting an Airbus A320 has crashed into the sea near Perpignan. 7 persons were on board the flight , believed to be a post maintenance test flight. Early reports suggest the aircraft was ex D-AXLA, serial number 2500.
They are saying the aicraft is 20-30m below the surface but have not commented on the condition of the crew, or even if they have been located.
Indeed very sad news. Be interested to know what they were maintaining on the aircraft as it is a relatively young aircraft!
AirSpace - more than just hot air
The CEO of Air New Zealand held a media release about 1.5 hours ago. On board were two XL pilots, three ANZ engineers, one ANZ Captain and one NZCAA officer. I do not know whether CAA person was a pilot or engineer. (Likely to be an engineer handling paperwork to bring aircraft back onto NZ Register after two years lease to XL.) Far too early for names to be released for the normal ID and family reasons.
This is a tragic event for Air New Zealand as it comes 29 years to the day after the DC-10-30 loss on Mt Erebus . Aircraft was returning to ANZ as ZK-OJL and had been repainted.
Though this occured exactly 29 years after a crash involving ANZ the two incidents are very different. Hope the carrier does not get superstitous with the dates, instead make every effort to try and find out what really went wrong.