Of them men in their 60s died on Saturday in the crash of a microlight in the town of Noron-l’Abbaye (Calvados), south of Caen.
Leaving Caen around 7 a.m., the two men were going to the ULM world fair in Bloissaid the prefecture.
An open investigation
The alert was given around 10:15 a.m. by the pilot of a second ULM, who had also taken off from Caen, a few minutes apart, and who was worried not to see the other aircraft on his arrival in Blois. . A civil security helicopter and members of the gendarmerie were then hired to carry out aerial and ground searches in the area of the last known position of the aircraft.
“A gendarmerie patrol from the Falaise company discovered the ULM and its two occupants, who were obviously deceased, around 12:30 p.m.”, continues the press release from the prefecture.
Investigators from the BGTA (air transport gendarmerie brigade) of Brest and the BEA (civil aviation safety investigation and analysis office) went to the scene and an investigation was opened.