An Air France A330 has been reported to have been damaged after being shot at after landing at the main airport in Pointe-Noire, the assailant being a senior official. The aircraft, an A330 reg F-GZCK had landed in the evening of April 11th in order to evacuate French nationals with departure time scheduled for 10:00 am the following morning.
Air France reported that a replacement aircraft with crew(including a tech crew) was sent and that the flight would be delayed by 24h(obviously). The local Air France team managed to take care of the pax accommodation. It is still unclear what actions have been taken against the assailant(s). Gladly, none of the occupants were injured.
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Anyways that’s really bad! Hope everyone is okay 🤗
Not really. You can shoot a fuel tank all day, but if the bullet is smaller than a 12.7mm (.50 cal) it won’t do much, because there’s so much fuel that it drowns out the tiny little explosion before it gets bigger.
So imagine your about to get on a flight, and they tell you the planes been shot. So now you want to get out of there ASAP probably, but no, they very reason you want to leave means you can’t. You have to sit there for 24 hours in the airport hotel thinking about the fact that your plane just a few hundred yards perhaps a few miles at most away has just been shot. That is a class A bad day…