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Air Austral 77W damaged in terrorist drill incident.  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12902 posts, RR: 34
Posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

"Zut alors, moulin rouge, folies bergeres" - and other naughty French words!

The gendarmerie of Reunion were having an anti-hijacking drill, using Air Austral's brand new 777-300ER. These guys were hot, tres vite, formidable ... they pushed stairs up the front doors of the aircraft and began to force entry to the aircraft ...

And that's when they discovered they were using real bullets instead of blanks!

The aircraft has been withdrawn from service for some slight repair work and the airline's 772, F-OMAY, will be operating the CDG flight today.

*It's safe to say that the reaction of the airline to the incident involved some naughtier words than I used above, but this is a family site and I guess you get the general idea, n'est-ce pas?

http://avherald.com/h?article=42863e6a&opt=1

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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6447 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3976 times:

Ahahahahahahahahaha. Glad nobody got hurt, it could have been ugly, but...ahahahahaha.

User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8741 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3939 times:
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Absolutely insane - did they have anyone on board playing the part of hijackers or hostages - this could have been very dangerous . I bet UU are not very happy about this .


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6620 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Fortunately, Boeing has engineers well-experienced in patching bullet holes...

737 fuselages often get a stray bullet hole or two en route from ICT to RNT via the BNSF railway  
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Apparently, _____ (fill it in: kids, rednecks, drunkards) with a rifle can't resist taking a potshot at an easy moving target.



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 14176 posts, RR: 100
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3468 times:
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
I bet UU are not very happy about this .

I bet this just ended UU loaning operating aircraft for such drills.

I'm in shock that this happened. Thankfully no one was hurt. As the originating link has in the comments, are they sure they know where the bullet ended up? All the fragments? It would really be bad to have any pieces in a wiring harness...

Lightsaber



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User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2322 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

Ahh merde!
Luckily nobody got hurt......and that's old decomissioned a/c are usually used for this operation...a DC-10 would do the trick for example....

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
Fortunately, Boeing has engineers well-experienced in patching bullet holes...

737 fuselages often get a stray bullet hole or two en route from ICT to RNT via the BNSF railway
Apparently, _____ (fill it in: kids, rednecks, drunkards) with a rifle can't resist taking a potshot at an easy moving target.

That's crazy...that I didn't know...



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User currently offlineNWA330nut From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 117 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3410 times:

Wow. Can we say someone didn't get their raise this year?   

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):

Apparently, _____ (fill it in: kids, rednecks, drunkards) with a rifle can't resist taking a potshot at an easy moving target.

After all, not too surprising. They don't like it when you do Turns Around a Point above their houses too!


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9042 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3393 times:

Can you imagine someone shooting up your brand new car? Now make that a multi-million dollar toy!

At least it was just the window.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):

Apparently, _____ (fill it in: kids, rednecks, drunkards) with a rifle can't resist taking a potshot at an easy moving target.

Hijackers/stowaways be warned: random death comes to those attacking BNSF Boeing line  



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6620 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Quoting NWA330nut (Reply 6):
After all, not too surprising. They don't like it when you do Turns Around a Point above their houses too!

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If they ever take a gun to you, do report it. Firing on an airborne, completed civil aircraft in the US is a pretty serious federal offense... Wouldn't take long to store the location it occurred at as a GPS waypoint  
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Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
Hijackers/stowaways be warned: random death comes to those attacking BNSF Boeing line

  



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