2016-06-27 Air France A319 and Heli in airprox near Marseille Airport

2016-06-27 Air France A319 and Heli in airprox near Marseille Airport

2016-06-27 Air France A319 and Heli in airprox near Marseille Airport


On approach a helicopter strayed into the flight path of the A319. Both aircraft landed safely at Marseille.

The A319 was on a visual approach to runway 31R(ight) at Marseille Provence Airport, when a AS532 „Cougar“ was also approaching Marseille, but it was cleared to land on the parallel runway runway 31L(eft).

The two aircraft fell short of the minimum seperation distance and came into very close proximity.

Prior to the incident, the helicopter pilot radioed transponder failure to ATC.

File photo: AS 532 „Cougar“
© Martin777 | Wikimedia

Both aircraft continued their flights and landed safely at Marseille.

METAR Marseille Airport (LFML):

27/06/2016 xx:xx->
27/06/2016 xx:xx->

Date: 2016-06-27 Time: –
Location: LFML MRS Marseille
Country: France
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none

Flight no.:
From: – NONE To: LFML/MRS: Marseille
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air France

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Aircraft Involved

© H Manusiwa | Planefinder.net

Type: Airbus A319
Registration: F-GRHX
Age a/c: 15.0493 years
Constr. No.: 1524

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  – 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 88th safety occurence for the operator
  • 144th safety occurence of type (A319)
  • 4th Safety occurence at Marseille Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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