ASN Aircraft accident SNCASE SE.161/P7 Languedoc 61/F-SSUN Marseille 
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Last updated: 10 December 2022

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Date:Saturday 1 December 1956
Type:SNCASE SE.161/P7 Languedoc
Operator:L'Arme de L'Air
Registration: 61/F-SSUN
C/n / msn: 61
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Marseille (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Istres-Le Tub Air Base (LFMI), France
Destination airport:Istres-Le Tub Air Base (LFMI), France
SNCASE Languedoc F-SSUN was attached to the Escadrille Arienne de Recherches et de Sauvetages (EARS) 99, which was the SAR unit of the French Air Force.
It took off from lstres Air Base to help a Panamanian cargo ship, the Antares, which sent out a distress message. The aircraft circled the area of the Mediterranean Sea in poor weather. At 23:56 hours, the pilot reported his position to be 4144'N, 00506'E and his intention to return to Istres with an expected arrival time of 00:50 hours. Nothing more was heard from the flight.

Despite an intense search operation, no trace was found.


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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