The entire crew of an American private jet was killed in the south of France today when it crashed on landing.
The twin-engined Gulfstream-IV came down at Castellet airport, between Marseille and Toulon, with all the victims believed to have died on impact.
They were described by an airport source as two men aged 24 and 61, and a woman aged 30. Nobody else was on board.
Site: French Gendarmes keep a security line around the twin-engined Gulfstream IV plane which crashed at Le Castellet airport, southern France, on landing at the private airport as it was flying from Nice
Deaths: Three American crew members were killed when the private jet broke up and burst into flames
Source said: Fire engines were called to the scene as the main cabin blazed on the runway, but nothing could be done to save those on board
The jet, which was flying in from nearby Nice, split in two, with one half ending up in a nearby lake after narrowly missing a hotel.
Fire engines were called to the scene as the main cabin blazed on the runway, but nothing could be done to save those on board, said the same source.
‘It was an appalling accident – an investigation has already started,’ said the source, who said the accident happened at around 3pm.
He added: 'All the victims are American passport holders.' Read more>>