Drill Sparks scares 9/11 “crash” as fighter plane escorts plane and “bang” heard over Paris
A 9/11 anniversary Air Force exercise involving an airliner and a jet raised fears of a crash after a loud bang was heard.
Eyewitnesses in Paris yesterday spotted an Airbus A330 followed by a French Rafale fighter jet as it roared at low altitude.
As the September commemorations rolled across the Atlantic, Parisians were shocked when a commercial airliner appeared to be chased by a warplane.
A resident told BFMTV, noting that on the 20th anniversary of Al-Qaeda’s hijacking of airliners and their flight into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, said “of course we are thinking about it” .
They said, “It looked like an explosion – we didn’t know if it had crashed.”
But in fact, the Airbus was involved in an exercise.
And French Prime Minister Jean Castex was there.
His office said the Rafale fighter jet was on a refueling exercise.
Images of the incident were posted online by concerned residents, including one alarmed by “fighter plane nonsense.”
Mr Castex’s office said he was part of the Airbus because of “his national defense responsibilities”.
The Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly was also on board.
The military plane had recently evacuated civilians from Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
The two aircraft landed at Vélizy-Villacoublay air base, southwest of Paris, yesterday afternoon
BFMTV said: “In the end, it was just an exercise. People will have their own take on timing.
We pay for your stories!
Do you have a story for the Sun News Bureau?
Most related links:
todayuknews Government news Financial news