kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13079 posts, RR: 33 Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4331 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The aircraft has been withdrawn from service for some slight repair work and the airline's 772, F-OMAY, will be operating the CDG flight today.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?
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...
thegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2326 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
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.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6760 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3570 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!
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
Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7): Hijackers/stowaways be warned: random death comes to those attacking BNSF Boeing line
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)