The pilot of a Fokker Dr. I triplane replica (F-AZAQ) was killed this afternoon in the crash of his aircraft. The aircraft was being displayed as part of the Couhé-Vérac meeting in Charente, France.
The pilot, whose identity has not been disclosed, was a 66 years old man and lived near Paris. The accident took place at 16h35, only a few hundred meters from the airfield. The causes of the accident are unknown.
The aircraft was associated to the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis and Les Casques de Cuir, two associations based at la Ferté-Alais. Contrarily to what we had previously indicated, it was owned by its defunct pilot and not by the AJBS.
An eyewitness reported seeing the aircraft in a spin just before the impact. It had been flying with an SE.5a replica when it seems to have gone out of control.