Air France Flight 1611

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Air France Flight 1611
Sud SE-210 Caravelle III, Air France AN0916091.jpg
A Caravelle similar to the one that crashed
Date 11 September 1968
Summary Alleged Airliner shot down, missile attack
Site Mediterranean Sea
Aircraft type Sud Aviation
SE-210 Caravelle III
Aircraft name Bearn[1]
Operator Air France
Registration F-BOHB
Flight origin Ajaccio-Campo Dell'Oro Airport
Destination Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
Passengers 89
Crew 6
Fatalities 95
Survivors 0

Air France Flight 1611 was a Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III en route from the island of Corsica to Nice, France, on 11 September 1968 when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off Nice, killing all 95 on board. According to the official report, the crash was non-survivable.[2] The crash, to date, retains the highest death toll of any aviation incident in the Mediterranean Sea.

Among the dead was French general René Cogny.

The probable cause was attributed to a fire which originated in the rear of the cabin.

A radio programme broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 26 November 2007 advanced the theory that the accident was the result of a missile strike or bomb, and that the true cause has been suppressed by the French Government under secrecy laws.[citation needed]

On 10 May 2011 Michel Laty, a former army typist, alleged on French television channel TF1 that he saw a report indicating a missile, misfired by the French army during a weapon test, in fact caused the crash.[3]

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  1. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III F-BOHB Nice, France". Aviation Safety Network. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Rapport Finale sur l'accident survenu le 11 septembre 1968 au large du cap d'Antibes au SE 210 F-BOHB, (PDF) Archived 10 April 2012 at WebCite BEA, 14 December 1972. From the BEA website. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  3. ^ "TV documentary reveals that military missile did kill 95 people". The Riveria Times. 12 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 43°17′07″N 7°13′25″E / 43.28528°N 7.22361°E / 43.28528; 7.22361