The pilot was Frédéric Gillardot, Academic Director of the National Education Services of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A reminder of the facts

A passenger plane, a Jodel D140 “Mousquetaire”, crashed before it caught fire, Saturday May 21 in the Belledonne mountain range in the town of Adrets (Isère).

The five passengers died in the accident. The charred bodies were found.

Among the victims were two children, aged 11 and 14, who were accompanied by their grandmother. The pilot was Frederic Gillardot.


The remains of the plane have just been evacuated on Sunday evening in Les Adres. Photo Le DL / Benoît LAGNEUX

7:20 PM : wreck cleared

The remains of the plane have just been evacuated on Sunday evening in Les Adres.

6:20 pm: The Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, responds to the death of Frédéric Gilardot

“The Minister extends his deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Frédéric Gillardot, Academic Director of the National Education Services in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, as well as to the families, loved ones and education teams. Children attending school in Isere, who also died in this horrific accident.

The Minister commends the commitment shown by Mr. Gilardot throughout his career, which was characterized by great qualities of listening, dialogue and clarity, which enabled him to establish constructive and honest relationships in the various positions he held.

Bernard Beigner, Dean of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Academic District, will travel to the Directorate of Administrative Services for National Education in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence on Monday to provide support to the staff.

On Monday, listening and psychological support cells will be set up for the entire educational community in the two schools in the presence of children who were also victims of the accident.

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5PM Versaud Mayor Expresses Solidarity

Versaud’s mayor, Christoph Suzylo, was contacted by Le Dauphiné Libéré and said he had called airport and flight club officials this morning. He is currently abroad expressing his “solidarity (meaning) respect for the people affected by this incident. There have been accidents in Beldon. Experts will say what happened.”

2 pm: The pilot was Frédéric Gillardot

The pilot killed in the accident was Frédéric Gillardot, Academic Director of the National Education Services in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Previously, he had held the same position at Savoy.

Who is Frederic Gillardot?

The 66-year-old official, who was appointed in March 2019 at 04, was a pilot, and a member of Versaud Airport.

He was a member of the French bobsleigh team from 1982 to 1986 and Deputy National Technical Director of the French Ice Sports Federation from 1989 to 1993.

Frédéric Gillardot studied the sciences and techniques of physical activities and sports (Staps) at Saint-Martin-d’Hères (38), while having results at national level in judo and bobsleigh. He was then a sports teacher in Reims, director of the Foux d’Allos (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) resort. Then he became a national bobsleigh instructor from 1989 to 1993. In 1993, he became the assistant principal of Roussillon high school (Isere), then principal of a high school in Chalons-sur-Saone until 2000. Then he held the same position in the school complex “Les Eaux claires “in Grenoble until 2006. He then took his first position as inspector of the Academy in Bouches-du-Rhone before joining Cantal. In July 2009, he became the technical advisor to the Minister of National Education, Luc Chatel. Then he took over the presidency of the Academy of Savoy.

10:20 am : Who are the victims?

“There were on board the pilot, aged 66, and a friend, aged 57. The latter had offered to accompany one of her friends on this flight, and the latter, aged 63, had come with her two-year-old grandchildren. 11. A boy and his 14-year-old cousin.

All the victims reside in Grenoble and the surrounding area. “The bodies were recovered late last night from the plane and are currently at the funeral home awaiting the autopsy scheduled for this afternoon,” Grenoble public prosecutor Eric Vaillant said.

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Captain Lionel Lillox, second in command of the Meylan Gendarmerie Company. “We can’t talk about the first flight but rather a short, organized one.”

Photo The DL / Benoît LAGNEUX

Photo The DL / Benoît LAGNEUX

10 am: Versaud Airport does not wish to communicate

At the Versaud airport site, no one wants to communicate inside the Aeroclub du Dauphiné.

Outside, the human evokes “the pain that comes to us after this accident. I saw the pilot in the morning, we were all so touched.”

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