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Four Auto Sports Reporters Among 7 Dead in Crash

November 17, 1988

EVRY, France (AP) _ A small plane carrying reporters on a press trip crashed in heavy fog west of Paris shortly after takeoff Thursday, killing all seven people aboard, authorities said.

Rescue workers combed the wreckage of the Cessna-441 that crashed about 10:30 a.m. in a field near the Saclay lagoons on the edge of the Essonne and Yvelines districts outside Paris, for remains of the victims.

The flight roster listed 10 people, according to the General Direction for Civil Aviation, but some of the reporters failed to show up for the trip to central France for the test driving of a BMW M3.

The cause of the crash was not known.

The plane took off in heavy fog from the Toussus-le-Noble airport in the Yvelines and was headed first for a factory in Montlucon, in central France, then on to a race circuit in Mas-du-Clos.

The flight was organized in part by Garage du Bac, a major BMW dealership in France.

Killed were journalists Francois-Xavier Beaudet of the sports daily l’Equipe; Denis Charpentier of Argus Automobile; Geoffroy Le Maignan of the Journal de l’Automobile; and Ramond Boche of Sport Automobile; photographer Marc Duick; Garage du Bac competition director Jean-Claude Depince; and the pilot, Daniel Touzard.

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