World News – GB – The sound boom of a French fighter plane shakes Paris


PARIS (Reuters) – A French fighter jet broke through the sound barrier as it rushed to join a commercial plane that had lost contact with air traffic control on Wednesday, causing a sound boom that reverberated in Paris and its suburbs, said the Ministry of Defense

The sound boom shook the windows of the capital, scattered the startling birds and caused a wave of phone calls to the police

« A Rafale (war plane) based in Saint-Dizier, intervening to help an airline which had lost contact, was authorized to cross the sound barrier to join the plane in difficulty. He crossed the wall sound east of Paris, ”said army spokesman Colonel Stéphane Spet in a press release

In a city already tense since a knife attack outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Friday, the unusually loud explosion sent people to their balconies to see what had caused it It also sparked messages intense on social networks and a flood of calls to emergency services

The Paris police headquarters explained what had happened in a statement on Twitter and urged people not to call emergency services about the noise

Report by Geert De Clercq, Tangi Salaun, Sarah White, Dominique Vidalon, Blandine Henault, Jean-Michel Belot, Michel Rose, Gus Trompiz, Caroline Pailliez, Lucien Libert, Christian Lowe, Matthieu Protard and Gwenaelle Barzic; Written by Geert De Clercq; Edited by Gareth Jones and Timothy Heritage

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