XL Airways Germany Flight 888T was an Airbus A320 which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, 7 km off Canet-en-Roussillon on the French coast, close to the Spanish border, on 27 November 2008. The aircraft was on a flight test for which it had taken off from Perpignan - Rivesaltes Airport, made an overflight of Gaillac and was flying back to Perpignan Airport, doing an approach over the sea. The flight took place immediately following light maintenance and repainting to Air New Zealand livery on the aircraft; done in preparation for its transfer from XL Airways Germany, which had been leasing it, to Air New Zealand, the owner.
Seven people were on board, two Germans and five New Zealanders . All were killed; two bodies were recovered within hours of the crash, the others were found during later weeks.
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