A small twin-engine plane forced to make an emergency landing in a Paris suburb ended up crashing into the wall of a block of flats, injuring three people on board on Monday (December 4).
The aircraft landed in a residential area in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne). It is thought to have suffered a major engine failure.
Three people on board were taken to hospital requiring urgent attention but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. No-one else was injured.
An investigation is underway to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.
Un avion de tourisme s'est posé en urgence vers 17h15 à @VilleVillejuif Grâce à l'intervention rapide des secours, les 3 occupants ont été pris en charge en urgence absolue sans pronostic vital engagé. Les recherches continuent pour identifier d'éventuels débris de l'avion.— Préfet du Val-de-Marne (@Prefet94) December 4, 2023
The aircraft was on a training flight from Rouen on Monday when just after 17:00 it was forced to make an emergency landing.
Witnesses said it attempted to land between two buildings located at Maxim Gorky Boulevard before crashing against the wall of an apartment building.
It eventually came to a halt in the garden at the back of the apartment building.
Parts of the plane were strewn over the roof of a nearby garage. The tail of the aircraft was detached from the rest of the plane and the wings were largely torn off.
An investigation has been opened by France’s civil aviation authority, the Bureau d'enquêtes et d'analyses pour la sécurité de l'aviation civile (BEA), and should make it possible to determine the circumstances of the accident.
Transport Minister Clément Beaune spoke of engine failure on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter). However the BEA will reconstruct the flight to confirm the cause of the failure.
Merci aux secours intervenus rapidement auprès des passagers de l'avion qui a dû se poser en urgence à #Villejuif après une défaillance moteur.— Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) December 4, 2023
Les victimes à bord sont prises en charge. Le Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses est sur place et fera toute la lumière sur cet accident. pic.twitter.com/bNw5on5Kfj
An investigation into involuntary injuries and endangering the lives of others was also opened by the regional prosecutor and the air transport gendarmerie.