Air France F-BOHA – 11. September 1968

Date  11.   September 1968
Location Cap   d’Antibes, France
C/N 244
Model  Caravelle   III
Airline Air   France
Registration F-BOHB
Occupants  6/6 + 90/90
Aircraft history F-BOHB c/n 244 made its first flight on April 10   1968 and was delivered to Air France 9 days later. The plane was named   “Bearn” and crashed just 5 months later.
Accident description While enroute from Ajaccio to Nice a fire broke out   in the rear part of the 5 months old Caravelle airliner. It is likely that   the fire was caused by a short-circuit in the water heater. This did happen   already before the crash of F-BOHB to another Caravelle . The final words of   the Captain to the ATC controller:” We’ll crash if this continues like   this” showed that the fire rapidly spread throughout the cabin. The   aircraft was cleared for an immediate decent and the pilot advised the   controller he had visual contact with the coast. The plane crashed into the   sea 80 miles of the coast killing all 96 occupants. The reason for the fire   was never properly determined. It is possible that the plane got out of   control as the passengers began to panic but another possibility is that the   aircraft was hit by a missile. There were military missile tests in that area   at that time but none of these possibilities were ever confirmed though the   missile hit seems most likely. A cover up, one of many in French Aviation history, is suspected by most relatives of the victims. The wreck of F-BOHB   was never recovered though technology and know-how would have been available.   On 10 May 2011 Michel Laty, a former military secretary, declared on French television channel TF1 that a missile, misfired by the French army during a weapon test, in fact caused the crash.The “official report” can be found here: